Dawkins expecting pay cut with Broncos

Former Eagles safety Brian Dawkins is expecting to take a pay cut to play this season with the Denver Broncos.

When Dawkins left the Eagles before the 2009 season, his contract was reported to be for 5 years and $17 million, with the possibility of it escalating to $27 million if he reached certain performance incentives. The first 2 years were for $9 million, with $7.2 million guaranteed.

Well, Dawkins has reached the salary escalator that bumped his salary this past season from $2.24 million to $6 million, according to the Denver Post.

"When I signed this deal I knew what it was," Dawkins told the newspaper today during a workout in suburban Denver. "It was basically a two-year deal. I knew after a couple years there was a balloon (mechanism) and we most likely would have to restructure. That's no big deal to me."

Dawkins turns 38 in October.