Veteran cornerback Shawn Springs smiles as he talks to reporters during a news conference while visiting the Philadelphia Eagles at the NovaCare complex on Wednesday. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

Shawn Springs took a break from his visit with the Eagles today and revealed that the team is most interested in the veteran cornerback converting to safety.

The longtime Washington Redskins cornerback also inadvertently revealed that Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson is back at work after undergoing chemotherapy for melanoma cancer last month.

"Jim mainly said safety and that's fine with me," said Springs, who was released by the Redskins Saturday as part of a salary-cap purge.

Springs, 33, said if anybody has the idea that he is being brought in as a replacement for the recently departed Brian Dawkins, they're way off base.

"Brian Dawkins is a guy -- I know Philly fans really appreciate him -- but he's a guy who is well respected around the league," Springs said. "He is a guy that never ever will be replaced in Philly. I think he's always going to be a part of this community. Brian Dawkins is one of those guys you could see in a Denver uniform and still think he's an Eagle.

"We're a totally different style of game. I have a lot of respect for him even more as a person than as a football player. He's a great man. I wouldn't even be worried about comparisons. He's a true safety and one of the best to ever play. That's not even a comparison. I came into the league as a true cover corner who has the size to play safety. I can blitz. I did that with Washington. I actually led my team in sacks one year."

Springs, who has also made a visit to New England, was still in the process of his visit with the Eagles today. He said he may have one more visit planned, possibly to New Orleans.