NFL Free Agency 2012: 5 Possible Brian Dawkins Replacements for the Broncos

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NFL Free Agency 2012: 5 Possible Brian Dawkins Replacements for the Broncos
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2011 was a magical season, not just because of Tim Tebow, but because of the improved play of the Broncos’ defense, particularly Brian Dawkins, who despite closing in on nearly 20 years at the safety position in the NFL, was playing at one of the highest levels in his 16-season career. 

A six-game winning streak was snapped in the middle of the regular season with a loss to the New England Patriots. In that same game, Dawkins suffered a possible career-threatening neck injury. In his absence, the ineptitude of rookie safeties Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter were exposed.

Moore was eventually benched, but Carter stepped up forcing a couple of turnovers in the Broncos’ two playoff games. With uncertainty regarding Dawkins’ future and the Broncos’ now pressing need for talent at the safety position, Denver needs to acquire more talent both in the draft and through free agency. Here are five of the many safeties that will be available in this year’s free-agency signing period.

This list is just a small representation of what's available during this season's free-agency period. A complete list can be found here.

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