There has been on constant since the Cleveland Browns returned to the NFL in 1999. That is Phil Dawson, the Browns kicker. He has been on the team in every opening game since the team came back to Cleveland. Dawson made 93.5% of the kicks he attempted in the 2012 season. That puts him at a tie for 8th on the list for field goals. Dawson would have finished higher had the Browns offense been able to get into field goal range more often.
With free agency getting ready to kick off in just a few days there is still no word of the Browns making an offer to Dawson to return for his 14th season with the team. The Browns may think he is too expensive. Now that word is out about Cribbs lowering his asking price to return to the Browns, some wonder if the team is expecting Dawson to do the same. Should Phil Dawson take less money to finish his career in Cleveland?
Dawson said at the conclusion of the 2012 season he hoped to return for the 2013 season. The team has made no moves to help that happen for Dawson. While it would be great to see the veteran field goal kicker and kick off man return to the team he has been a part of since the team returned to Cleveland, I don’t think he should have to lower his asking price. The Cleveland Browns should sign Dawson just to show the NFL they can be loyal to a player that has been part of this team for so many years.
Making almost 94% of his kicks is a good number. The Browns know they can count on the man who has been there for 13 seasons. One more year isn’t going to break the bank. The Browns should reach out to Phil Dawson and bring him back to Cleveland…..It is a no brainer.
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