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49ers Re-sign K Phil Dawson to One-year Contract

Posted Mar 14, 2016

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday they have re-signed kicker Phil Dawson to a one-year deal.

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Monday they have re-signed kicker Phil Dawson to a one-year deal.

“Phil is a consummate professional whose production on the field and his leadership in both the locker room and the community have been great assets to our organization,” said general manager Trent Baalke. “He has an impressive approach to his craft that has allowed him to consistently rank among the best in the business throughout his career. We are pleased that Phil has chosen to continue his accomplished career with the 49ers.”

Dawson (5-11, 200) originally joined the 49ers as a free agent on March 19, 2013, after spending the previous 14 seasons with the Cleveland Browns. In his three years with the 49ers, he has made 81 of 94 attempts (86.2 percent), including a franchise record 13 made field goals from 50-or-more yards. Dawson also holds the top two franchise records with 27 consecutive field goals made in 2013 and 19 consecutive made in 2015. Last season, he made 24 of 27 field goals attempted (88.9 percent) and was named the Bill Walsh Award winner as the team’s MVP, as voted on by the coaches.

During his 17-year career, Dawson has played in 263 regular season games and has scored 1,605 points, connecting on 386 of 457 field goal attempts (84.5 percent) and 447 of 456 extra point attempts. Dawson’s 84.5 career field goal percentage ranks 14th in NFL history. He holds the Browns franchise record for most field goals made (305), field goal percentage (84.0) and ranks second in points scored (1,265). In 2012, Dawson earned his first Pro Bowl selection, connecting on 29 of 31 field goal attempts and all 29 extra point attempts.

After originally signing with the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent on April 24, 1998, Dawson was later waived on Aug. 18, 1998. He then was claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots on Aug. 21, 1998. Following training camp, Dawson was signed to the Patriots practice squad on August 31, where he spent the entire season. He then signed with the Cleveland Browns on March 25, 1999.

A 41-year-old native of Dallas, TX, Dawson played collegiately at the University of Texas.

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