Browns Kicker Phil Dawson Heads West To Join 49ers

Say goodbye Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson. The Pittsburgh Steelers will not have to face the accurate kicker in 2013 unless they play the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Dawson tweeted Tuesday that after spending the past 14 seasons with the Browns that he has signed with the 49ers.

“I am humbled & thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my career with my new team, the SF 49ers!” Dawson posted on Twitter.

Dawson converted 93.5 percent of his field-goal attempts (29 of 31) in 2012, which finished as the second-best mark in the league.

Dawson has 15 game-winning kicks to his credit with two coming against the Steelers in 1999 and 2000. According to Pro Football Reference, Dawson has made 30 career field goals against the Steelers during his time with the Browns.

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  • dgh57

    Good for him! Now he has a chance to play in a Super Bowl!! Something I doubt he would ever get to do in Cleveland.

  • steeltown

    San Fran just keeps getting stronger and stronger… good thing the revamped Seattle Seahawks are in that Division so they can beat up on eachother….. poor St. Louis and Arizona dont stand a chance

  • dgh57

    Yes, I agree the NFC West is going to be a interesting division to watch this season! It’s going to be a REAL dogfight between those two!

  • Vic

    I wouldn’t mind Big Ben papi Bruce Arians taking him to AZ. I know this is going to upset a lot of fans but I think Ben is overrated and over paid.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Hahaha their leading scorer is a kicker…. ahahaha poor browns

  • John A Stewart

    WOW YOU ARE RIGHT BEN IS A JOCK AND NOT A STUDENT OF THE GAME .HE IS STILL DOING DUMB THINGS WHEN COWHER AND WIZ WERE HERE THEY KEPT HIM ON A SHORT LEASH FOR A REASON.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    Can I just ask what is holding us back from signing a good kicker? Suisham was fine last year, sure, but if he could make one of two 53 yd field goals we could have been in the playoffs.. Given if he’d missed a number of others, it would be a different story, but kickers cost how much for what they contribute?? Seriously.. Phil Dawson would’ve been a great addition to the team. Sometimes I don’t understand.

  • Phil Heidenreich

    Why do the Steelers seem to consistently underestimate great special teams? I value your comments and would appreciate your thoughts.

  • steeltown

    How do you mean? Are you referring to our own special teams?

    I’m not sure they underestimate it, when drafting or bringing in undrafted players, they almost always have to have been productive on special teams in college. Look at the E.Sanders and Antonio Brown picks a few years ago, both guys were very good return men in college, same with Rainey and other futures guys like WR Gilreath, Kashif Moore and Bert Reed…seems like theyre always looking for the next best return specialist.. I always think about the Stefan Logan signing in ’09, the Steelers signed Logan from the CFL just to compete as a return specialist.

    I think Suisham had a tremendous season, I’ll admit after his 2011 campaign I was ready to release him, but he came back and had a great ’12… couldve been co-MVP in my opinion

    Drew Butler I think will be a solid punter for yrs to come, he’s still young, but great college player

    I think having Danny Smith as the new ST Coordinator will really help.. remember the main thing that held us back was penalities, soo many penalties, improvement in that area will go a long way

  • steeltown

    They are ALL overpaid

    But saying Ben is overrated is craziness.. he still doesnt get enough credit in my opinion, most dont mention him when talking about the TOP guys in the League