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Posts Tagged ‘Phil Dawson.’

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

Two bad snaps on game-winning field goal tries leads Browns to cut Pontbriand

 

Ryan Pontbriand (courtesy of NFLmedia.com)

They say when you cost an NFL team a chance to win in crucial spots in a game, a player won’t have a job for long.

Just ask former Browns long-snapper Ryan Pontbriand. He was once a very dependable center on special teams, but two days after his second poor snap in three weeks cost Cleveland a possible win.

The two-time Pro Bowler had been with the team since 2003 and had the second-longest tenure on the Browns next to kicker Phil Dawson.

The Browns have signed free-agent long snapper Christian Yount to replace Pontbriand on the roster.

Three weeks ago, Pontbriand had a bad snap of the football when the Browns had a chance to beat the St. Louis Rams. On Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, Pontbriand rolled the snap that caused Dawson to miss a potential go-ahead 55-yard field goal in the fourth quarter of a 23-20 loss to their in-state rivals.

 

Info courtesy of the Cleveland Browns

Dawson remains with Browns

Phil Dawson (file photo)

Towards the end of the 2010 NFL season, placekicker Phil Dawson thought that the Cleveland Browns did not want him to return. After all he is 36 years old.

He was expected to go through free agency in March and prepared for it by selling his suburban Cleveland home and moved his family back to his home state of Texas.

The Browns have placed its franchise tag on Dawson, who is the only player remaining from its 1999 expansion team. The Texas native will make $3.25 million next season and still could sign a long-term deal with Cleveland.

Dawson is the first player franchised by the Browns since their return to the National Football League.

Dawson is under-paid as far as kickers go, making $1 million last season while making 23 of 28 field goals and all 28 extra-points on an-offensive challenged team.

compiled from Cleveland Browns news

Steelers wax Browns in preparation for playoffs

Phil Dawson (NFL)

The Cleveland Browns ended another miserable season on Sunday with a 41-9 waxing by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It was the worst defeat of the season for the Browns who finished at 5-11.

The win for the Steelers, who are 12-4, locked up the number 2 seed in the AFC playoffs, giving them a first-round bye and a home game in the second-round.

Under beleaguered Eric Mangini, the Browns have finished 5-11 both seasons.

Browns placekicker Phil Dawson feels that he’s kicked his final football for Cleveland. His house in the Cleveland area has been sold and he’ll be a free agent in February.

The game solidified the Browns with the #6 pick in the 2011 draft, according to the NFL.

The Browns 2011 home schedule will be Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, St. Louis, Seattle, Tennessee and Miami.

Road opponents will be Arizona, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Houston, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Oakland.

compiled from staff, NFL & Cleveland Browns news

Browns continue improvement; beat offensive-challenged Miami

Phil Dawson kicks game-winning FG (file photo)

The Cleveland Browns are making progress this season by beating teams no one thought they could beat.

They beat the Miami Dolphins, 13-10.

Mike Adams’ interception set up a short field goal on the final play and the Browns overcame several mistakes.

Adams’ interception was possible when teammate David Bowens deflected Chad Henne’s third-down pass , Adams picked off the ball and ran 25 yards to the two-yard line. On fourth down, Phil Dawson kicked a 23-yard field goal for the win.

Cleveland, now 5-7, won for the fourth time in six games and the first time in Miami since 1970.

The Dolphins (6-6) lost for the seventh time in their last eight home games.

Miami placekicker Dan Carpenter kicked a 60-yard field goal, which tied for the fifth longest in NFL history.

compiled from staff, NFL & Cleveland Browns news

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