Originally posted on Cleveland Sports Torture  |  Last updated 3/22/13

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 8: Kicker Phil Dawson #4 of the Cleveland Browns punts the ball against the Carolina Panthers during their NFL game on October 8, 2006, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. Carolina won 20-12. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Dawson on the phone with Joe Banner This past week saw the departure of another beloved special teams player. Last week it was Josh Cribbs, this week its Phil Dawson. The local rags/sports talk are up in arms because not only one, but two of the undoubtedly stand up guys are as of this week are no longer calling themselves Cleveland Browns. Josh Cribbs was gone, he knew it and we knew it. By the end of the year it was obvious to anyone watching the Browns that Cribbs was a step slow (maybe knee issues?), and with the rule change relating to kickoffs, was no longer the impact player he was earlier in his career. Like Desmond Howard, and Devin Hester before him, Cribbs' time as the best returner in the NFL are over. Good move by the Browns is what most people would say. Phil Dawson on the other hand is an entirely different scenario. Where players usually decline with age, he only seems to be getting better and kicking farther. He consistently gets touchbacks, 30 in 2012, com...
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