Dawkins initially announced his plans to retire on Twitter Monday morning.
"The Lord has blessed me to play in the NFL for 16 years. I would like to thank the Eagles & the Broncos 4 believing In me," Dawkins wrote. "I would like 2 thank all my teammates & Coaches that I have been blessed 2 go to battle with. Along with u, the fans 4 helping make my career 1 that i have enjoyed tremendously. In other words. I am announcing my retirement from the NFL."
The Eagles have already made plans to honor Dawkins on Sept. 30 during a nationally televised game against the New York Giants. Dawkins' first 13 seasons were with the Eagles.