Brian Dawkins Restructures Contract To Remain With Denver Broncos

Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins renegotiated his contract at the starting camp and took a drastic pay cut.

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Brian Dawkins' New Contract With Denver Broncos Ends After 2011 Season

Safety Brian Dawkins missed the first couple of days of training camp in order to restructure his contract with the Denver Broncos. Details of the contract have finally been made public, reports the Denver Post's Mike Klis. Dawkins' 2011 salary was set at $6 million under his old deal, but under the terms of the new contract he will receive one-third of that. Signing for a $400,000 bonus, his base salary is $1.6 million.

This new contract also eliminates the final two years of the previous one, at the end of which he would be 40-years-old. Dawkins won't say whether this is his last season, but he does acknowledge that the Broncos do have two rookie safeties waiting in the wings to man the secondary, Rahim Moore already starting at free safety.

The restructured contract certainly helped, as that money went to the signing of Willis McGahee, Ty Warren and others. But will we see Dawkins rebound on the field this season?

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Brian Dawkins Restructuring Contract, Won't Practice With Broncos Until Complete

During the opening practices of the Denver Broncos training camp, veteran safety Brian Dawkins has been on the sidelines while rookie Quinton Carter has practiced with the first-team defense. It isn't due to injury or any sort of demotion. Rather, it is because Dawkins is renegotiating his contract.

Dawkins was set to make $6 million in 2011, but he is working with the team to reduce his amount on the salary cap. As a result, he won't be on the practice field until at least Aug. 4, the day the new league year is set to begin and new contracts go into effect. As a result, he can't practice until then.

The 37-year-old safety did appear to lose a step last season and a $6 million salary would have been too high to pay him. This early playing time should help Carter get a feel of what it will be like to play with the starters one day, possibly sooner than we all may think.

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