PHILADELPHIA -- Looking to bolster a depleted secondary, the Philadelphia Eagles met with veteran cornerback Shawn Springs on Wednesday.
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"When I played for Washington, I was all over the field," Springs said. "I wasn't a full-time safety, but we had a lot of packages where I was like a safety."
"I always liked his system," Springs said.
Springs missed seven games because of a calf injury last season and finished with 36 tackles and one interception. He has played a full season just four times in his NFL career.
The Eagles reached the NFC Championship Game for the fifth time in the last eight years, but they lost at Arizona 32-25. They signed offensive lineman Stacy Andrews to a six-year deal last Saturday, upgrading a unit that could lose longtime bookend tackles Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas. Both players are free agents, and only Thomas figures to receive an offer to stay.
"For that organization, this was a business deal, and it was not business for me," Dawkins said in a radio interview on 950 ESPN. "People think I wanted to get to free agency. I did not want to get to free agency. I've never gone to free agency. I've had times in the past where I could have collected big bucks on the open market, but I did not want to get there. So why would I want to get there all of a sudden now on my last contract? No, I wanted to be an Eagle."
"At the end of the day, you're a 36-year-old safety," he said.
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