I’m sorry if your sick of me writing about Brian Dawkins, but this story just won’t go away in Philadelphia. Little by little, more details of what went wrong are coming out. On Wednesday morning, ESPN Radio Philly had Brian Dawkins on the station and he shed some light on why he’s no longer an Eagle. On Wednesday afternoon, we heard from Eagles management with Eagles president Joe Banner on WIP with Howard Eskin in afternoon drive.
I emailed Eskin and he said this story won’t end. I then asked him why and this was his response, “Fans in Philadelphia love their players. Eagles football is the fiber and passion of Philadelphia and the fans lock onto their heroes. Brian Dawkins is one of their heroes, but when he plays in Philadelphia this season knowing Eagles fans they will cheer him at the start of the game and then hope their players beat him for a touchdown during the game.”
Interesting comments from Eskin. It’s almost like the Eagles fans date their players and need closure. I don’t think this Banner interview will give them closure. I think it will frustrate fans more as he referred to a lack of communication between both parties which sounds like a prepared answer to me trying to gain some level of relief for the anger the fans have towards the Eagles franchise.
Here are some highlights from the interview with Joe Banner:
On the offer the Eagles made Dawkins:
“We made Brian what we thought was a good, fair, strong offer. We didn’t really get to do that until relatively close to free agency for a variety of reasons – his agent was away, we were at the Pro Bowl and so on and so forth.”
“Brian was not satisfied with it. We didn’t fully realize that frankly at first because there was a limited amount of communication. Then the agent indicated that Brian had instructed him to see what else was out there. He did that and indicated that Brian was going to take a trip to Denver. And that was the last conversation we had.”
On Dawkins’ deal in Denver:
“We found out that Brian was doing a deal in Denver the same time everybody else did, and we didn’t know what the deal was. I know Brian has acknowledged that they didn’t call at the end and ask, and I understand they were under the impression that we weren’t going to change what we’ve offered anyway – which may or may not be true. But we were never familiar with what the difference was or what would have taken from our offer.”
On how it ended for Dawkins in Philly:
“I feel terrible about the way this ended. I go back and forth in my mind about what I could’ve said differently or done differently to produce a different outcome. I am really comfortable that we really wanted to keep Brian, and we made a reasonable – I even think more than reasonable – attempt to keep him.”
Comcast SportsNet’s Derrick Gunn contacted Dawkins’ agent Jim Steiner and he said he called the Eagles at least three times and they never received a counter offer and stuck to their initial offer. Typical he said, she said, but that doesn’t ease the pain for Eagles fans. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts.