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Tom Heckert doesn't want to talk about Phil Dawson's absence

In addition to answering questions about whether he’ll trade outside linebacker Matt Roth, Browns G.M. Tom Heckert was asked Monday about the absence of kicker Phil Dawson, who didn’t show up to Cleveland’s first voluntary offseason workout.

But while Heckert was direct in saying the Browns wouldn’t trade Roth, he wouldn’t go into detail about Dawson’s situation.

I really don’t want to get into it,” Heckert said.

There’s been speculation for a while now that Dawson is unhappy with his contract, but Heckert added that issues with Dawson’s contract are “not the whole thing with him.”

Ultimately, Heckert said, there’s not much point in discussing Dawson’s absence.

He decided not to be there,” Heckert said of Dawson. “It’s not mandatory, so we can’t make them be here. It’s up to them.”

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16 Responses to “Tom Heckert doesn't want to talk about Phil Dawson's absence”
  1. civilwarfish says: May 17, 2010 10:30 PM

    Pay Phil Dawson.
    Hes not Josh Cribbs, but he has been faithful and productive. Hes the only Brown who dates to the reincarnation of the franchise in 99. He has improved with age and is reliable and dependable.
    I understand how difficult it is for the new regime to have to deal with the contracts of those who are deserving and at the same time those who arent, but at some point they will have to face hard facts.
    Phil Dawson, Lawrence Vickers, Jerome Harrison…these men need to be given a decent contract and allowed to play with honor andearned respect. Think they arent gonna live up to the possibilities, give them contracts with incentives, but if they perform…pay them.
    Those three names along with Roth are four reasons why the Browns started to look good last year. Lets keep that momentum.

  2. smithopher says: May 17, 2010 10:37 PM

    Why am I reading so much about the Browns? Did they have any relevance last year besides being #4 in the AFC North standings?

  3. ArtModellsPimp says: May 17, 2010 10:39 PM

    Maybe Phil should invest in the NFL Ticket. Matt Roth can bring the popcorn over on game day…

  4. nopurplecar says: May 17, 2010 10:54 PM

    Where’s Billy Cundiff when you need him?

  5. BrownStreak says: May 17, 2010 11:24 PM

    the browns go from 1 story in a week to 7 stories in 2 days?

  6. BrownStreak says: May 17, 2010 11:27 PM

    he’s part of the lebron package to chicago

  7. 90ragtop says: May 17, 2010 11:51 PM

    Fer cryin’ out loud, Dawson’s so old that he still owes five shekels to Moses. He oughta be kissin’ the ground under Heckert’s feet and praying for another year of big bucks with no heavy lifting.
    Fire his azz and go get another place kicker. They’re a dime a dozen.

  8. trickbunny says: May 18, 2010 12:56 AM

    Maybe one of the most veteran, accurate kickers of all time realizes he doesn’t really need to show up for the infancy of offseason activities. Big whoop.

  9. OLDCRACKER says: May 18, 2010 1:10 AM

    K Matt Stover is available?

  10. bbeer says: May 18, 2010 3:33 AM

    If Phil Dawson is gone then we should all get on his ass about it.
    But if Brett Favre is, then he deserves the break.
    Same situation. Phil has been/is the man. Get off his back

  11. Florio-is-a-tool says: May 18, 2010 5:59 AM

    Eric Mangini is still the coach. Enjoy 2010 Cleveland.

  12. Deegan says: May 18, 2010 7:42 AM

    Why am I reading so much about the Browns? Did they have any relevance last year besides being #4 in the AFC North standings?
    Is this a riddle? Because….you’re clicking on the stories that have Cleveland Browns players in the title?

  13. JAJ says: May 18, 2010 8:06 AM

    Dawson needs to go.

  14. monger says: May 18, 2010 9:41 AM

    Don’t be surprised if Dawson gets suspended by the league for PED use. He was injured, then came back and his leg was stronger than ever. He might have gotten away with it then, and thought he wouldn’t get caught. It’s not like he’s a young guy. Not saying that is what happened, but don’t be surprised if it is. It would also explain why Heckert isn’t saying anything about it yet.

  15. Sandra Lee's Cans says: May 18, 2010 10:27 AM

    Any truth to the rumor that Big Show and Heckert are in NYC checking out the Rockettes for Dawson’s replacement?

  16. trickbunny says: May 18, 2010 12:07 PM

    smithopher says:
    May 17, 2010 10:37 PM
    Why am I reading so much about the Browns? Did they have any relevance last year besides being #4 in the AFC North standings?
    or… another way of putting it would be, “Why do I annoy myself by clicking on, reading, and commenting on stories about a team I have no interest in and don’t like— and then complain like a puss to the website about it?”
    I don’t know, dude. Maybe you’re just weird.

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