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Could Dawkins retire as an Eagle?

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins said Thursday that he hasn't yet made a decision on whether he wants to play a 14th NFL season.

Could Dawkins retire as an Eagle?

"I´ll give it some prayer and we´ll take it from there," Brian Dawkins said about retirement. (Eric Mencher/Staff file photo)
"I'll give it some prayer and we'll take it from there," Brian Dawkins said about retirement. (Eric Mencher/Staff file photo)

INDIANAPOLIS - Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins said Thursday that he hasn't yet made a decision on whether he wants to play a 14th NFL season.

The 38-year-old eight-time Pro Bowler, who has played the last three seasons in Denver after leaving the Eagles as a free agent in 2009, missed four of the Broncos' last five games, including both of their playoff games, with a neck injury. He will be a free agent in March.

``The season's not even over yet; The Super Bowl hasn't been played,'' said Dawkins. ``I'll give it some prayer and we'll take it from there.''

Dawkins was in town for the NFL Players Association's annual Super Bowl week news conference. Dawkins is a longtime member of the union's executive board.

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Last summer, Dawkins agreed to restructure the contract he signed with the Broncos in '09. His 2011 salary was reduced from $6 million to $2 million.

If Dawkins decides to retire, which is a good bet at this point given his age and the neck injury, there's a good chance the future Hall of Famer would sign a one-day contract with the Eagles so that he could officially retire with the club that selected him in the second round of the 1996 draft.

``We'll see,'' he said. ``I don't even want to think too deeply about that right now. If it happens, just let it be a surprise to everybody and it'll be a surprise for myself and we'll go from there.''

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