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Dawkins May Have to Take a Decrease in Salary in 2011

Brian Dawkins wants to play again in 2011, and do it in Denver with the Broncos. He knows though in order for the team to get better and make some moves, he may have to take a pay cut this upcoming season.

Brian Dawkins will be back with the Broncos this year, most likely as their starting strong safety and yes, he will take less money to do so. “When I signed this deal I knew what it was,” Dawkins said Thursday while watching 18 of his Bronco teammates and 27 other local professionals work out with trainer Loren Landow at Valor Christian High School in Highlands Ranch. “It was basically a two-year deal. I knew after a couple years there was a balloon (mechanism) and we most likely would have to restructure. That’s no big deal to me.” Dawkins has collected roughly $9 million through the first two years of the contract he signed as a free agent with the Broncos in March 2009. A fair price for an eight-time Pro Bowler. He hit a performance escalator with the Broncos that raised his 2011 salary from $2.24 million to $6 million. The Broncos, though, want to take back a large portion of that $3.76 million escalator that Dawkins earned. And so it goes in the business of football, new collective bargaining agreement or no collective bargaining agreement.

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