The 49ers new kicker is Phil Dawson as he has decided to leave the Cleveland Browns. Dawson joins the San Francisco 49ers after 14 seasons in Cleveland, spurning a fan base that would have loved to see him remain in town. According to a report from ESPN on Tuesday (March 19), the 38-year-old kicker took to Twitter to announce what had just taken place.
Dawson stated that, "I am humbled & thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my career with my new team, the SF 49ers!" This now gives the 49ers a kicker to replace David Akers, who had struggled a bit during the 2012 NFL season. The thought had been that San Francisco would be going for youth at the position and possibly seeking a kicker in the 2013 NFL Draft, but instead the franchise has signed a kicker that is 14-of-15 from 50-plus yards over the last two seasons.
Signing Phil Dawson as the San Francisco 49ers new kicker is definitely going to be seen as an upgrade this offseason, but he really seems like a short-term solution at the position. Salary terms weren't revealed just yet, but he becomes the latest big move that the team has undertaken since losing the Super Bowl to the Baltimore Ravens. With the draft likely to net the team a few more important components, 49ers fans have to be pretty pleased with the direction things are going.
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