Eagles find Dawkins' replacement


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PHILADELPHIA -- Safety Sean Jones signed a one-year, $3 million free-agent contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday, helping fill the void created by Brian Dawkins' departure.

A second-round pick by Cleveland in 2004, Jones played five seasons with the Browns. He was mostly used as a strong safety, but his playmaking skills make him a potential replacement for Dawkins at free safety. Jones may have to beat out second-year pro Quintin Demps for the spot.

Jones ranks third among safeties behind Baltimore's Ed Reed and St. Louis' Oshiomogho Atogwe with 14 interceptions since 2006. He had four picks in Cleveland's final six games last season. Jones missed four games after having surgery on his right knee, but played the last 11.

The 27-year-old Jones has recorded 286 tackles and three forced fumbles in 60 games, including 44 starts. That includes playing in all 16 games each of the past three seasons.

Jones, listed at 6-foot-1 and 225 pounds, had his best season in '06 when he finished with 107½ tackles and five interceptions. He missed his entire first season because of knee surgery, but has been a starter ever since.

Jones has big shoes to fill in Philly. Dawkins was a seven-time Pro Bowl selection during 13 seasons with the Eagles and is likely headed for the Hall of Fame. He also was one of the most beloved athletes to ever play in this city. Fans were outraged when the Eagles allowed Dawkins to test free agency. He signed a two-year deal with Denver last week.

The Eagles reached the NFC championship game for the fifth time in eight years, losing at Arizona. They've signed two free agents, including former Cincinnati offensive lineman Stacy Andrews to a six-year contract.

Philadelphia has lost Dawkins, running back Correll Buckhalter (Denver) and safety Sean Considine (Jacksonville) in free agency. Tight end L.J. Smith and longtime bookend tackles Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan are unrestricted free agents and are not expected to return.

Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard and wide receiver Greg Lewis also are gone. Sheppard was traded to the New York Jets for a pair of draft picks and Lewis was dealt to New England for a pick.
He's obviously no Dawkins, but I think he'll do fine. Not amazing, but fine.
Might be a tough year defensively for the Eagles but I'm sure they can manage. Just no inspirational speeches on the team when it comes to playing the real big games.


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All I know is that if they are going to go down this road they better land one of these WR on the free agent market and have an offense that can score enough points to execute Andy's insane passy happy system & dictate the tempo of the game. JJ is not going to be bailing out the offense this season.
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He's definitely not Brian Dawkins because you cannot replace that leadership but it's at least something for Philly. They needed a safety and they got an above average guy.


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I am not a big fan of his, don't get me wrong he's a decent player, but there's no way that he'll be able to fill in the shoes that Dawkins left.

Don't want to burst your bubble Philly, but I doubt they'll land a big time Wide Out, after Owens got traded, they haven't gotten a good receiver to replace him and that hurt the Eagles defense so many times.


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Millz, I'm expecting them to draft one S fairly high as well. But as mentioned, anyone they bring in won't be the defensive QB of JJ's system over night.

Ruth, well as far as I've heard if they don't do something reasonable in terms of bringing in enough talent, Mcnabb will ask to get traded also. Obviously they don't have to honor that, but they have been down that road with Lito and the player, and many many others. I said it before and I'll say it again, at at least one scoring position "they need to do SOMETHING". This move wasn't it, and neither was the OL IMO. The only other move they could make that would satisfy me is a pass rushing DE that is exceptional and reliable, but I don't think there is anyone available who fits the bill. RB, they don't run why bother.

They haven't exactly ignored the position since he left. They just stay cheap about it. Stallworth came via trade very late, he wasn't at training camp at all if I remember correctly he became an Eagle just before week 1 that season. Bring in Curtis the following year, draft Jackson the next. There are things to like about all 3 guys, and the value to me is in that order with Jackson at the top. Now is the time to stop doinking around and make a move, there are guys available. No more excuses.