The 49ers new kicker is a 38-year-old NFL veteran named Phil Dawson. According to the Washington Post on March 19, the Super Bowl champions signed Dawson to replace their recently released kicker David Akers.
Akers left the 49ers and quickly signed with the Cleveland Browns, where the veteran kicker will hope to continue a successful career that has seen stops in Philadelphia and San Francisco.
Akers, who has played in the NFL since 1998, has kicked 367 field goals over his career, 11th best in NFL history. In 2012, he had a very inconsistent year, only hitting 29 of his 42 attempts, only hitting nine of 19 from over 40 yards.
The 49ers new kicker, Phil Dawson, has been in the league since 1999, playing every season in Cleveland, meaning the two teams basically swapped place kickers. Dawson has kicked 305 field goals over his career and was almost perfect in 2012, hitting 29 of 31 field goal attempts.
The 49ers new kicker is just one of a number of changes for the Super Bowl champions, who also traded away quarterback Alex Smith and traded for Anquan Boldin.