According to Phil Dawson, the veteran kicker has re-signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
Very excited & grateful for the opportunity to return to my team & be a part of chasing the quest for six! Go niners! #itsgood
— Phil Dawson (@phil_dawson_4) March 11, 2014
The 39-year-old Dawson was terrific in his first season in San Francisco, hitting 32-of-36 field goals and all 44 of his extra point attempts (but not from 43 yards), finishing sixth in the NFL with 140 points, a career high and the seventh time in his career he’s topped the century mark in scoring.
Dawson kicked for 14 years for the Cleveland Browns before signing with the 49ers as a free agent last spring, making him the last of the original Browns 2.0 players from their 1999 expansion season to move on.
He hit 84 percent of his field goal attempts with the Browns (304-for-363) and is second behind Hall of Famer Lou Groza on the Browns’ all-time scoring list with 1,271 points (305 field goals, 350 extra points and … wait, what? … a rushing touchdown).
As a rookie, Dawson ran for a four-yard touchdown in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals on a fake field goal.
Dawson was originally signed by the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 1998, but was not able to beat out Greg Davis for the job. He later was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad in 1998 before signing with Cleveland in March 1999.
Dawson set a 49ers franchise record in 2013 by making 27 straight field goals.