The Cleveland Browns have placed the franchise tag on placekicker Phil Dawson for the second year in a row.
Which means the Browns are still at the point that their kicker is one of the better and more professional players on the roster.
It also means running back should be added to the team's list of offseason needs. Because with Dawson franchised, it almost surely increases the likelihood that Peyton Hillis will not be back.
Look for Hillis to test the open market and sign elsewhere. Because if the Browns badly wanted Hillis to stay, they'd have used the franchise tag on him instead of Dawson. Without the tag, he now will be free to pursue the riches he believes he can find on the market.
The reality of the situation simply points to Hillis' departure. The Browns started free agency with three bigger name players heading for the market.
Linebacker D'Qwell Jackson signed a contract extension.
Dawson was given the franchise tag (which puts his salary at 3.8 million).