Brian Dawkins Signs With Broncos
Dawkins fills a huge hole for the Broncos. Their defense will be stocked with new, presumably young for the most part, faces. Dawkins gives them an experienced leader who can help the team forge a new defensive identity.
Dawkins has lost a step over the past couple of years, but he's still several steps ahead of the guys that the Broncos have been trotting out there for the last few seasons. He's still strong against the run, another Denver anomaly, and no one's going to throw anything at him that he hasn't seen 50 times before.
In a division with Darren Sproles, Darren McFadden and (for now) LaDainian Tomlinson and Larry Johnson, the Broncos needed a serious upgrade to their run defense. Dawkins gives them one.
He may not be the last veteran run-stuffer coming to Denver either. There are reports linking Denver to Ray Lewis, whose presence would make Dawkins' tenure as defensive leader quite a short one. Mike Nolan, the new Broncos defensive coordinator, coached Lewis in Baltimore and is shifting the team to a 3-4 look.