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Broncos Finalize Three Deals, Including Dawkins

February 28, 2009
Brian Dawkins

Brian Dawkins

The Broncos continued to be the busiest team in the AFC West, finalizing contracts with their 8th and 9th free agent acquisitions. Today the Broncos finalized deals with Browns linebacker Andra Davis and, of course, Eagles Safety Brian Dawkins.

Dawkins, after 12 hours of anticipation of whether he would ever finalize the contract, has finally agreed to a 5-year, $17 million deal with the Broncos.  Dawkins becomes the second member of the new starting duo of safeties in Denver, joining Renaldo Hill deep in the secondary.

Davis, a seven year starter from the Browns, fills a glaring need at MLB for the Broncos, coming to Denver after recording 90 tackles in Cleveland last year. While Davis, 30, has never been a household name in the NFL, he has been one of the few consistent players on the Browns defense, and should make a huge impact in the middle of Denver’s linebacking corps.

While many Bronco fans were concerned with the fact that five of the first seven free agent acquisitions were on the offensive side of the ball, these two deals should quell any concern. Davis will provide a consistent presence in the middle of the field, something the Broncos have lacked the past two seasons. Dawkins, the most important of the nine deals so far, will provide true emotional and physical leadership on the field, something the Broncos have severely lacked since the departure of Al Wilson.

We’re not even two full days into free agency, and already the Broncos have made significant improvements on both sides of the ball.

Check back soon to see Garretts’ analysis of the newest acquisitions.

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