In terms of goal scoring, I think Dawkins was one of the most productive attacking mid in the league, if not actually the most productive attacking mid in the league. The Quakes really need a guy who can attack on the ground, in traffic, and throw the defense off balance. That's what Dawkins gives you. Salinas and Chavez can attack 1v1 when there is space, but only Dawkins has the ability to do it centrally, in traffic. If they can't sign Dawkins with a reasonable contract, then they will need to look for an alternative for this kind of player. Otherwise, the Quakes will be too predictable - it will be all attack down the wing and cross in. Ideally it would be someone that they would feel comfortable with playing centrally - someone who also has a significant 2-way aspect to his game and plays good D. But easier said than done - there are very few players like that - a DeRo type.