Dawkins will retire an Eagle
Brian Dawkins will sign a one-day contract and officially retire an Eagle on Saturday, team sources said.
Brian Dawkins will sign a one-day contract and officially retire as an Eagle on Saturday, team sources said.
The Eagles have scheduled an 11 a.m. news conference for Dawkins, who announced his retirement from football Monday. The veteran safety played his last three seasons in Denver but will be most remembered for his passionate 13 years in Philadelphia.
A number of Dawkins' ex-teammates have already told the Eagles that they plan to attend Saturday's announcement at the NovaCare Complex. There are expected to be a few surprise guests.
The Eagles will also honor Dawkins during the prime- time game against the New York Giants on Sept. 30 at Lincoln Financial Field. Dawkins' No. 20 jersey is expected to be retired at some point.
Dawkins, who left the Eagles in a bitter parting before the 2009 season, said on Monday during a conference call with Philadelphia-area reporters that he hadn't made a decision as to whether he would retire as an Eagle. He likely held off out of respect to the Broncos, who held a small ceremony for the 38-year-old on Tuesday.
Jamar Chaney said that he was fully recovered from off-season neck surgery.
The Eagles linebacker injured his neck in the final game of last season and was restricted from fully working out until only recently.
Asked if he could play immediately, Chaney said that he could. He's been participating in the Eagles' off-season workout program over the last few weeks.
Chaney spent most of last season as the starting middle linebacker, but with the acquisition of DeMeco Ryans, who the Eagles traded for last month, he will have to move to the outside.
Chaney started last season at strong-side, so it makes sense that he would slide back there. He said that Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo hadn't discussed specifics yet.
"He talked me a little bit about the SAM, but mostly they're just making sure all the linebackers know all three linebacker positions," Chaney said.
The third-year linebacker was at the NovaCare Complex on Friday to support former Mississippi State teammate Fletcher Cox, who the Eagles drafted in the first round on Thursday and who was being introduced to Philadelphia.