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Kicking was an issue for the San Francisco 49ers last season; surprising considering that they had one of the best in the game, David Akers, on the roster. Every player--kickers including--eventually have a fall from grace. Maybe last season was it for Akers.
Anyway...rather than go with an untested rookie or nobody the team ended up tabbing another older veteran to take over the kicking duties, Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson.
''One of the storied teams in the NFL and a team that's on the verge of winning it all. ... When you start mixing all that together, even for an idiot like me it's an easy decision.''
The 38-year old Dawson had a heck of a year last season missing just two of his 31 attempts, and hitting all 13 that he tried beyond 40 yards including seven from 50+.
Akers had booted 44 field goals through the uprights the season before, but last year went a dismal 29-42.
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San Francisco has replaced one of the NFL's most accomplished kickers with another.
Phil Dawson announced on his Twitter account (@phil_dawson_4) that he has agreed to contract terms with the 49ers.
Dawson will be taking the place of David Akers, who was recently released after two seasons with San Francisco.
Dawson, 38, had spent his entire 14-year NFL career in Cleveland...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have found their new kicker to replace David Akers, signing Browns veteran free agent Phil Dawson to a one-year contract., http://juicedsportsblog.com/sports-news/news/49ers-sign-veteran-kicker-dawson-replace-akers-yahoo-sports
March 21, 2013By Fred GreethamOBR Senior Reporter
Phil Dawson might someday leave his heart in San Francisco, but for now it has been left in Cleveland.
For the past 14 years Dawson toiled on the shores of Lake Erie kicking in inclement weather and swirling winds.
After signing a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Dawson wanted to reach out one last time to the city...
The only man who played on every Browns team since they returned to the NFL has landed the kicking role on the San Francisco 49ers. Phil Dawson says goodbye Cleveland, it was a lot of fun. Now the Browns let a guy go who average around 95% accuracy. Dawson was money for the team when inside or near the 50 yard line. Phil Dawson was the guy the Browns used a franchise tag on one year...
After a nightmarish year of kicking with the now-departed David Akers, the 49ers have found their kicker.
It’s former Browns hired leg Phil Dawson.
Or so he says. The Niners haven’t confirmed the signing yet.
Dawson, unable to contain his excitement for going from a cellar dweller to a title contender, tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon. An exclamation point was used:
I am humbled...
As I sometimes like to do, I like to help the Browns communicate with the fans. Sometimes I get chided for caring so much about what the Browns say because all that really matters to a lot of you is “what they do.” Usually that means all they have to do is win more football games. While that may be kind of true, I am of the belief that winning on the field and perfection in fan...
Former Browns placekicker Phil Dawson, in lockstep with the team’s front office, will not comment on any negiations that may or may not have been had during the Pro Bowler’s recent stint as a free agent.
Dawson held a conference call on Thursday afternoon just days after signing a one-year, $2.25 million deal with the San Francisco 49ers. When asked about any discussions with...
The last remaining player from the Cleveland Browns reincarnation back in 1999 is no longer with the team. Phil Dawson after not receiving a contract offer from Browns, announced on his twitter page he reached an agreement to play for the San Francisco 49ERS. Dawson spent 14 years in Cleveland [...]
Tucked inside an updated version of Mary Kay Cabot’s column regarding Phil Dawson (as discussed here on Thursday), is a line item regarding the Cleveland Browns trying out a kicker named Havard Rugland.
Rugland, 28, is a Norwegian known to many as “Kickalicious,” a trick-kick — the football equal of the basketball trick shot — artist who became an Internet sensation when...
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...
Former Browns kicker Phil Dawson says goodbye to Cleveland through the local media on Thursday, but looks ahead to his opportunity in San Francisco and a chance to win a Super Bowl.
Phil Dawson come on down, you are the next contestant to kick for the 49ers. Today, free agent Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson announced on Twitter that he was taking his talents to the Bay.I am humbled & thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my career with my new team, the SF 49ers!— Phil Dawson (@phil_dawson_4) March 19, 2013Dawson was the top kicker on the free agent...
Craig and Rick of Waiting For Next Year discussed the Cleveland Browns’ off-season so far.
Rob Chudzinski and his talk with Mike Florio
Phil Dawson and the Browns communication about his departure
Jordan Cameron and the Browns’ tight end situation
The Cleveland Browns’ signing of former Chicago Bears tight end Kellen Davis
D’Qwell Jackson and his value to the organization...