It was a buisness decision the Eagles made when they let Dawkins go. They figured that he didn't have many more high-performance years left in his 35-year old body. Joe Banner and Jeffery Lurie (the two most hated men in Philly right now) clearly don't see the value in offering Dawkins a two or three year deal. They must not understand how much he leads and mentors the guys on defense. I even heard Quentin Mikel say that Dawkins took him under his wing.
I am not that suprised that the Eagles let Dawk go. It is exactly the kind of classless thing you would expect them to do. They did it to Jeremiah Trotter, and they did it to B-Dawk. Don't think they wouldn't do it to current player on the Eagles today. That's just how they operate.
What are the Eagles going to do? That seems like the million-dollar question floating around Philly today. The Seahawks signed receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who the Eagles were interested in. I think they may make a trade, utilizing those two first round draft picks. Torry Holt and Anquan Boldin have been mentioned. I think if Kurt Warner (please, please, please!) signs with a team other than Arizona, Boldin will demand a trade. That would open the door for the Eagles.
Joe Banner has publicly said that he wouldn't be able to spend all the money the Eagles had if he tried. He a list that should help him out with his little problem:
- Resign some of your current players (Hint: Tre Thomas, Jon Runyan).
- Pile it up in front of McNabb's door so he can't make it to training camp.
- Three words: Five Dollar Footlongs
- Buy Andy Reid a cheese steak
- Atlantic City, anyone!