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Dawson signs franchise tag contract for 2nd year in a row

 

Phil Dawson (file photo)

Kicker Phil Dawson is the only consistent member of a shaky Cleveland Browns offense. And is the only player still on the roster since the franchises return to the NFL in 1999.

He is the team’s career leader in field goals and second in points (1,115) scoring to Hall of Famer Lou ‘The Toe” Groza (1,349). He has made 83 percent of his field goal attempts (276 of 332) and has been miraculously consistent in the wacky wind conditions at Browns Stadium which sits on the banks of Lake Erie.

Fans of the team wonder why the Browns have been reluctant to give their kicker a long-term contract eventhough he is 37 years old.

Dawson will be back in Cleveland in 2012 because earlier this week he signed a one-year contract for the second year in a row as the franchise player.

Dawson, who played for Oakland and New England before settling in Cleveland in 1999, the fan-favorite Dawson will be returning for his 14th season in Cleveland. He’ll make $3.8 million next season, getting a raise of up from #3.175 million in 2011, his best NFL season by far.

Dawson connected on 24 of 29 field goal attempts, making seven kicks beyond 50-yards, one shy of the league record.

He also made all 20 extra-point tries and never had a problem with the Browns having him deal with three different holders and two long snappers.

The Browns did say that they want to sign Dawson to a long-term contract.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Browns & NFL news

Reds bring back Tomko; given a chance to make team

 

Brett Tomko (file photo)

The MLB team that helped launch Brett Tomko’s career, the Cincinnati Reds, have signed him to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training.

Tomko has had an eventful 14-year career pitching for 10 teams; San Diego three times, Oakland, the Yankees, St. Louis, San Francisco, the Dodgers and Kansas City.

His record is 100-102 with 4.65 ERA and has 1,195 strikeouts.

The 38-year-old Tomko, who’ll be 39 on April 7, was Cincinnati’s second-round pick in the June 1995 draft. He was elevated to the majors in 1997 and spent three seasons with the Reds.

He will always be remembered for being a part of the four-player package the Reds shipped to Seattle to bring home Ken Griffey Jr. on February 10, 2000.

Tomko was 0-1 with a 4.58 ERA in eight games with Texas in 2011.

 

Info compiled from Cincinnati Reds, Radio & TV news

 

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Chargers keep Smith & Turner despite no playoffs

 

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com)

Despite missing the NFL playoffs for the second straight year, an 8-8 record and fan uproar over an underachieving team, San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos says he is keeping head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith.

The Chargers won on the final game of the season to end up 8-8 after keeping arch-rival Oakland from the playoffs with the win.

Turner is 49-31 in five years with the Chargers, 3-3 in the playoffs.

 

Info compiled from San Diego Chargers, NFL, Radio & TV news

Bengals lose to Baltimore; make AFC playoffs as sixth seed with Clements as key figure

 

Nate Clements Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

Eventhough the Cincinnati Bengals lost their final game to the Baltimore Ravens, the team still will be amongst the top 6 in the AFC Playoffs next weekend as the sixth seed.

The Bengals received help on Sunday when the Jets, Raiders and Broncos all lost but they earned the wildcard spot in a head-to-head tiebreaker over the Tennessee Titans, the only other AFC team with that same record of 9-7. The Bengals beat the Titans at Tennessee in November, 24-17. That’s why every game in the NFL is important.

They’ll be traveling to Houston to play the 10-6 Texans who they lost two three weeks ago in the final seconds.

Bengals QB Andy Dalton, who is from the Houston area, is 3-0 in Reliant Stadium home of the Texans. He played there during his college career at TCU.

Cincinnati defied all the odds playing with a rookie QB and won 9 games even after trading away veteran signal-caller Carson Palmer to the Oakland Raiders.

One of the reasons the Bengals made the playoffs was the play of former Ohio State defensive back Nate Clements, who they signed in the off-season to release Johnathan Joseph who bolted for Houston after the team had a losing season in 2010.

The 32-year-old native of the Cleveland suburb of Shaker Heights, had never made the playoffs as his career has taken him to Buffalo and San Francisco after being drafted in the first round at #21 by the Bills in 2001.

Clements felt the Bengals, even being a young team had a chance at the playoffs and he was right.

The 2011 free agent signee who has been a standout player in the Cincinnati secondary this season, missed only one game with a hamstring injury he suffered in practice on December 1.

After sitting out the December 4 Pittsburgh game, he has been back at the Left cornerback spot the past three games against Houston, St. Louis and Arizona.

Clements was not fully healed for the December 11 game vs. the Texans, and he had just one tackle in very limited action. But returned to his big-play capabilities on December 18 at St. Louis, and also on December 24 vs. Arizona.

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Clements has made big plays all season:

* On October 16 against Indianapolis, he blocked a 52-yard FG attempt by Adam Vinatieri with 5;43 to play. Also in the opening quarter of the game, he forced a fumble by Colts TE Dallas Clark.

* On October 30 at Seattle, Clements stopped a two-point try by stripping the ball from WR Ben Obomanu in the end zone.

* On November 6 at Tennessee with under four minutes to play, and the Bengals up 21-17, Clements separated TE Jared Cook from the ball and recovered it at the Titans 20. From there, the Bengals scored a field goal for the final margin of 24-17.

* On November 27 vs. Cleveland, with the score 20-20, Clements ripped the ball away from WR Greg Little for an incompletion which would’ve given the Browns a first down. It forced the Browns to kick a 55-yard field goal which missed and the Bengals started their game-winning drive on their 45-yard line.

* On December 18 at St. Louis, Clements was responsible for making four, huge third down plays that caused the Rams to punt on three of them and kick a field goal on another.

* On December 24, against Arizona, his second-quarter interception against John Skelton set up the Bengals TD drive for a 17-0 lead.

With Right cornerback Leon Hall going down with an injury a few games ago, the free agent signing of Clements has been huge for Cincinnati’s defense.

 

 

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE: NEWS & NOTES

 

(courtesy of NFLmedia.com)

Here’s the latest news, information and milestones from the National Football League.

 

***When Kansas City defeated Green Bay, 19-14, handing the Packers their first loss of the season, dropping them to 13-1. It was Romeo Crennel’s first game as the Chiefs’ head coach. That ended Green Bay’s 15-game regular-season winning streak, the longest streak ended by a head coach in his NFL debut for a team.

The previous mark was held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown, whose Browns defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, winners of their past eight games in 1949, in Cleveland’s first game as an NFL team on September 16, 1950.

 

***The Detroit Lions drove 98 yards in the final minutes of their game in Week 15 at Oakland and scored a touchdown with 39 seconds remaining to top off the comeback win. Detroit QB Matthew Stafford passed for 391 yards and four touchdowns and wide receiver Calvin Johnson caught nine balls for 214 yards and two touchdowns. The two hooked up on the game-winning TD from six yards out.

Stafford at 23 years, 10 months old has passed for 4,145 yards and a team-record 33 touchdowns and is the second youngest QB in NFL history with at least 4,000 passing yards and 30 TD passes in a season behind Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino from 1984.

***San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers has surpassed 4,000 yards (4,015) for the fourth straight season. He joins Peyton Manning and Drew Brees as the only QB’s in NFL history to pass for 4,000+ yards in at least four consecutive seasons.

***Philadelphia Eagles RB Le Sean Mc Coy leads the NFL with 20 TD’s, 17 rushing, 3 receiving and passed Pro Football Hall of Famer Steve Van Buren who had 18 in 1945 for the most in a season in franchise history. That was the longest-standing single-season club TD mark in the NFL. The current record now belongs to John David Crow of the Cardinals in 1962. He scored three TD’s against the New York Jets in Week 15.

***In the Cowboys Week 15 win over Tampa Bay, 31-15, QB Tony Romo became the first quarterback in team history to throw three touchdowns and run for another in the first half of a game. Romo, who made his 75th career start, passed for 249 yards and his 20,283 passing yards are the the third-most for any player in NFL history through his first 75 starts, joining Hall of Famer Dan Marino, 20,492 and Kurt Warner 20,305.

***The Saints defeated Minnesota in Week 15, 42-20. In the contest Drew Brees became the first player in NFL history to complete 80+ percent of his passes (32 of 40, 80 percent) and throw for at least 400 yards (412) and five touchdowns with no interceptions in a game. It marked his 11th 300-yard passing game of 2011, the most in a single season all-time. Brees has 4,780 yards, joining Peyton Manning as the only QB’s to pass for at least 4,500 yards in three different seasons and needs 305 yards to set the single-season passing record set by Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s 5,084.

 

Info compiled from NFL game notes and NFLmedia.com news

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