Broncos' Brian Dawkins Mulls Retirement In 2012

16-year NFL veteran Brian Dawkins is still deciding between retirement and a potential return to the Denver Broncos in 2012-13.

Denver Broncos safety and 16-year NFL veteran Brian Dawkins recent told Mike Klis of The Denver Post that he is down to two options when it comes to the 2012-13 NFL season: he will either play one more season with the Broncos or he will retire. The 38-year-old Dawkins played at a Pro Bowl level for the first 12 games of this past season, but suffered a debilitating neck injury in week 13 against the Chicago Bears that forced him to miss Denver's playoff games. When asked whether he will announce his retirement, Dawkins -- who will be a free agent in the offseason -- had this to say:

"The season is not over yet," Dawkins said. "Our season is, but this football season is not. So why talk about that? I'm not ready to make that announcement. I'll pray about it. If the Broncos want me back at that time, we'll talk."

Dawkins was able to play in the Pro Bowl and recorded three tackles in the game, but said he participated because the game is played at a different intensity, and added that he would not have done the team any good by trying to suit up and play during the playoffs.

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