2012 NFL Free Agency : Cleveland Browns Tag K Phil Dawson

By Robert D. Cobb

According to ESPN insider, Adam Schefter, the Cleveland Browns have franchised place-kicker Phil Dawson.

Dawson, the long remaining Browns for Cleveland’s 1999 expansion team—and a fan favorite—was one of the top-ranked kickers in the NFL who was set to hit free agency.

Cleveland’s signing of inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and uncertainty with running back Peyton Hillis, made Cleveland’s decision to apply the franchise tag to Dawson a practical no-brainer.

Dawson, who would be tagged in 2010-11 and paid $3.125 million will receive a 20% raise to $3.8 million foe the 2012-13 season.

Dawson, a 13-year veteran out of the University Of Texas, would play all 16 games for Cleveland during the 2011-12 season and make 24-of-29 of his kicks and 20 PAT’s.

Dawson would also make seven field goals of 50-plus yards and score 92 points for the Browns.

Dawson, who would move into second place behind Hall of fame kicker, Lou Groza at 1,155 points, is first all-time in Browns history with 276 field goals is also the tenth-most accurate kicker in NFL history with at 83.5 percent.

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