The Denver Broncos on Saturday signed seven-time Pro Bowl safety Brian Dawkins, it was announced. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Per Adam Schefter, the deal is a five-year, $17 million deal that includes $7.2 million guaranteed. The contract also has escalators that could boost the value of the deal to $27 million over five years, but the deal also could be voided to two years, $9 million.
Dawkins (6-foot-0, 210 pounds) is a 14th-year player who joins the Broncos as an unrestricted free agent after spending his first 13 NFL seasons with Philadelphia. A four-time Associated Press All-Pro selection who was named to the Pro Bowl during four of the last five years, Dawkins entered the NFL with the Eagles in 1996 as a second-round draft choice (61st overall) from Clemson University.
With 34 career interceptions and 21 sacks, Dawkins is one of four players in NFL history with at least 33 interceptions and 20 sacks for a career. His 34 interceptions tie for the most by an Eagles player in club annals, and his 21 sacks rank fourth in league history among defensive backs. Since his rookie year in 1996, Dawkins has totaled the most combined interceptions and forced fumbles (66 / 34 INTS and 32 FFs) in the NFL.
The safety is Philadelphia's all-time leader in regular-season games played with 183 and has started 182 of those contests. His 109 career wins (99 regular season / 10 postseason) are the most by a player in Eagles history.
For his regular-season career, Dawkins has registered 1,294 tackles (851 solo), 34 interceptions (515 yds.), 158 pass breakups, 21 sacks (177 yds.), 32 forced fumbles and 16 fumble recoveries. He also owns 94 tackles (76 solo), four interceptions (75 yds.), nine pass breakups, two sacks (23 yds.) and three forced fumbles in 18 career postseason games (all starts).
In 2008, Dawkins started all 16 games for the third time in the last four seasons and registered a team-high six forced fumbles along with the third-most tackles (142) for the Eagles. Named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December, Dawkins was selected to the Pro Bowl and helped Philadelphia advance to the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in his career.
A three-year starter at Clemson, Dawkins was an all-state selection at Raines High School in Jacksonville, Fla. He was born on Oct. 13, 1973.