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NFL News: Phil Dawson agrees to terms with San Francisco

The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with veteran placekicker Phil Dawson, formerly of the Cleveland Browns. This signing, for undisclosed terms, reunites Dawson with former Browns special teams coordinator Brad Seeley on the Super Bowl runners-up.

Dawson has spent his entire 14-year career with the Browns, and was an original member of the “new” Browns in 1999. He had been franchised in consecutive seasons after the team, led by then general manager Tom Heckert, could not agree to terms on a longer term deal with the player.

Prior to disseminating who he signed with, Dawson tweeted the following:

Dawson has converted 84 percent of his 363 career field-goal attempts, and was 29-of-31 (93.5 percent) in 2012. He was 7-7 from 50+ yards, converting 14-of-15 over the last two seasons. While he has become known for his ability to kick in cold, lakefront weather, the typically warm climate in San Francisco should bode well for the 2012 Pro Bowler.

“We want to thank Phil for all of his years of service to the Cleveland Browns,” the team said via press release. “He accomplished a great deal in his time here on the field, as a team leader and in the community. We know how much Phil meant to our organization and our fans, and he will always hold a special place in our franchise’s history and with the city of Cleveland. We want to wish Phil and his family the best of success in San Francisco.”

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  • humboldt

    Hmmm, well, the *actual* definition of an extrovert (from social scientists who actually study personality types) is “the act, state, or habit of being predominantly concerned with and obtaining gratification from what is outside the self”.

    Yep, that sounds like Cribbs, as do the many other traits listed here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extraversion_and_introversion#Extraversion

    Cribbs is a 3-time Pro Bowler and arguably the most committed player we’ve had in a Browns uniform for nearly a decade, if not the most talented. I daresay he has accomplishments to hang his hat on. If I were him I wouldn’t be as outward with the self-promotion and public displays, but understanding the larger context makes the ad hominem attacks against him look petty and misguided.

  • biggygigi03

    They need to erect a statue of Phil Dawson in front of the stadium…

  • woofersus

    It’s amusing that everybody just assumes Joe Banner, the heartless “Dr. No” who dispatches with all the players fans care about just to show them who’s boss and looks cranky while doing it, turned away a willing Phil Dawson, still one of the best in the league, when we have cap space to spare and no replacement kicker waiting in the wings. If Dawson wanted to sign a new contract the last regime wouldn’t have had to franchise him twice at a time when they also had cap space to spare and clearly wanted to sign him to a new multiyear contract.

    If the Browns were clearly turning the corner it might have been possible, but his clock is ticking and he wants a chance to win a super bowl. He’s said as much before. Even if everything goes right for the Browns from here on out he has a better chance of getting a ring in SF. There was no way he was coming back.

  • Edawg12

    Welcome David Akers. With Banner in Phily makes sense.

  • Thomas Wynne

    wow..they took the only guy we had that could score points…