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Phil Dawson headed to San Francisco

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The 49ers held their breath on a veteran kicker this year, but have since replaced him with another.

Former Browns kicker Phil Dawson just tweeted that he was joining the 49ers.

The 38-year-old Dawson replaces David Akers, who only barely made it through the season.

Dawson’s  coming off the most accurate season of his 14 NFL years, hitting 29-of-31 field goals for the Browns and earning his first Pro Bowl berth.

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  1. bdawks20 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:55 PM

    This man can kick. 49ers made a great move

  2. jeremywflores says: Mar 19, 2013 4:55 PM

    Lets hope he repeats his crazy good season.

  3. psilenttype says: Mar 19, 2013 4:57 PM

    Excited!!!

  4. willbow5253 says: Mar 19, 2013 4:57 PM

    Awesome…now we’ve got the best specialists in the league once again.

  5. coltzfan166 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:00 PM

    This guy definitely deserves a good team like the 49ers. I can’t imagine what all he’s had to go through.

  6. willbow5253 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:00 PM

    Bigger upgrade for Dawson (Browns to Niners) or 49ers (Akers to Dawson)?

  7. nflintheuk says: Mar 19, 2013 5:04 PM

    This dude is a great kicker. When you consider his stats are consistently brilliant and he has been kicking in one of the hardest stadiums to kick you have to think he is one of the league’s premier kickers

  8. pj1983a says: Mar 19, 2013 5:04 PM

    I think the Browns are going to regret this one. Even the most expensive kicker doesn’t represent that much of your cap, but he can represent a huge portion of your wins.

  9. brownoholic says: Mar 19, 2013 5:08 PM

    Clutch. Money. You name it.

    I love you, man. Will miss you dearly…

  10. brownnorange64 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:09 PM

    Great pro. Always went about his business never complained. Happy he landed with a contender.

  11. wherezwaldo says: Mar 19, 2013 5:10 PM

    As a Niner fan, I wonder if he’s gonna have his Akers slump after such a great season.

  12. christophershearin says: Mar 19, 2013 5:11 PM

    Haslam, Lombardi, and Banner have really screwed the pooch on this one. The only consistent year to year elite player the browns had, they let walk this new ownership is really doing a poor job showing they give a damn…………

  13. kevo126 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:12 PM

    as a ravens fan i am happy to see him leave the division. seemed like he was perfect against the ravens.

  14. davidegehlke says: Mar 19, 2013 5:12 PM

    Niners fans: You are getting a tremendous kicker, probably one of the best at kicking in poor weather conditions, not to mention he always came up big in clutch situations (granted those were few and far between for the Browns).

    Us Browns fans came to cherish and value his work. No one could handle the Lake Erie winds quite like Phil. He will be missed…

  15. hawkfan50 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:14 PM

    Nice addition Niners ; now if my Hawks could just find a guy that could hit one beyond 50 yds …

  16. bighaack says: Mar 19, 2013 5:16 PM

    Dawson may be a year or two from done but the last thing the Browns needed was another hole to fill this offseason

  17. bostroff says: Mar 19, 2013 5:16 PM

    And the rich get richer….

  18. brownoholic says: Mar 19, 2013 5:16 PM

    As a Niner fan, I wonder if he’s gonna have his Akers slump after such a great season.
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    If Phil has a slump it’ll be the first EVER.

  19. brownoholic says: Mar 19, 2013 5:20 PM

    I think the Browns are going to regret this one. Even the most expensive kicker doesn’t represent that much of your cap, but he can represent a huge portion of your wins.
    ——————————————————–

    Amen. I can’t wait to hear the boos after the new kicker’s first miss….

    Go get that ring, Phil.

  20. brownspower says: Mar 19, 2013 5:22 PM

    Phil is the best! We’ll miss him but he deserves this. Haslam/Banner/Lombardi told the Brown’s fans we’ll start seeing smart decisions made by the front office very soon. Still waiting….

  21. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: Mar 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    Sad to see him go!!! He finally makes the Pro Bowl and they let him go.

    Those years with McCoy, Dawson scored like all our points.

  22. southpaw77 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    Good move for San Fran. Dawson is a class act.
    SF still has to address their secondary, GB, ATL and Baltimore exposed their coverage skills big time.

  23. patriotenvy says: Mar 19, 2013 5:24 PM

    I have like Phil since he was on the Patriots practice squad. He almost beat out Adam V.

  24. forty9asty says: Mar 19, 2013 5:32 PM

    Great addition! I’m excited about this signing (as excited as one can be with regards to a kicker). Dude may be up there in age, but he is still pretty clutch. I’d be willing to bet we still draft a kicker in the late rounds though. Hmm…I wonder if he can play corner or safety as well…

  25. benroethlisberger7 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:41 PM

    Indeed, kickers are people.

  26. 49erdefense2012 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:42 PM

    hey browns fans,dont trip,lombardi knows what hes doing,saving cap money where he can,he has already made some great move for your team,,,PAUL KRUGER,,c;mon,,and with the rest of the adds that are coming for your team,not to mention the vetrans that will be training camp casualty’s,lombardi will find some veteran help and you guys will come close to the playoffs this year,,the division is your for the taking,,ravens?,,nope to much talent lost to make up for it in one season,,steelers??,,nope too old too many holes,,,no its between you and the bengals,,,go get your division crown browns fans,,you above all other nfl fans deserve a team that can win it all,,,IN HARBAUGH WE TRUST

  27. dennychimes says: Mar 19, 2013 5:47 PM

    ((((RING)))))) ((((((RING)))))

    Answers: Hello…

    Uhh Yes is this Billy Cundiff?

    Cundiff: Why yes it is

    Billy, This is the Cleveland Browns. We were wondering if you are available?

    Cundiff: Who is this?

    The Browns Billy, The Cleveland Browns!!

    (((CLICK))))

    Hello????? ummmm I think he hung up!!!

  28. doggpound4ever says: Mar 19, 2013 5:50 PM

    Good luck Phil. The Dogg pound wishes you the best. Go Browns

  29. faithful209er says: Mar 19, 2013 5:51 PM

    Reading what Browns fans have been saying for weeks now, I paid extra attention to an old NFL Network preseason video a couple days ago. This guy is a real pro and a great person. It will be nice for him to get a ring!

    I could not possibly be happier right now! Faithful ‘Til I Die!

  30. juliusanonymous says: Mar 19, 2013 5:53 PM

    Well, at least they got a kicker. Won’t help when they come to Seattle though. 42-13 is a pretty serious beatdown.

  31. phan216 says: Mar 19, 2013 5:55 PM

    As a Browns fan I am bummed to see him go. But at this point it would be silly to invest that much in a kicker even though he was extremely valuable. We need that cash spent elsewhere right now.

    He is the only player left from our 1999 return team and has always conducted himself with class and professionalism even though he has endured 14 tough years of losing with us. He was also a great asset to Cleveland with his solid contributions to the community. So many Dawson jerseys at the stadium on Sundays. Says a lot about a kicker….even for our losing Browns.

    He deserves a solid chance at a ring and I know the majority of Clevelanders will feel the same way. Wish this guy the best. 49ers got a good one here. Congrats.

  32. myosin10 says: Mar 19, 2013 6:00 PM

    Great addition! Akers lost us a couple games last year now we have one of the best Kickers in the league! Now can we please sign Ed Reed already?

  33. norcalsportsknowledge says: Mar 19, 2013 6:16 PM

    Niners our lucky that such a reliable veteran was on the market. It would of been scary going into the season with a rookie kicker and especially the playoffs. Now we can use the 5th round pick on Lattimore instead of the best kicker in the draft.

  34. fasteddy415 says: Mar 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    juliusanonymous says:
    Mar 19, 2013 5:53 PM
    Well, at least they got a kicker. Won’t help when they come to Seattle though. 42-13 is a pretty serious beatdown.

    – If you had paid attention to that game, A kicker (David Akers) helped jump start the fire storm of events that lead to the eventual blow out. The game was close and would have been much closer if it were not for the blocked field goal attempt that was returned for a touchdown.

    That play is like a stomach punch that knocks the wind out of you.

  35. bigzant82 says: Mar 19, 2013 6:21 PM

    damnn idiot lombardi ugh i hate this guy HASLEM u are hella wrong for hiring this bum

  36. zeroforty says: Mar 19, 2013 6:36 PM

    Coming from a niners fan, I did not realize how classy browns fans are. Ive seen most of you guys wish Dawson well. Much respect to Cleveland!

  37. albinorhino49 says: Mar 19, 2013 6:39 PM

    I like this signing a lot. Only better player on the Browns is Richardson. Will prove to be a smarter pick up than Aso. Welcome Phil.

  38. 1phd says: Mar 19, 2013 6:43 PM

    St Louis Rams are now on notice. ;)

  39. audient says: Mar 19, 2013 6:46 PM

    Thanks for the memories, Phil.

    May you show the Niners fans what a “stanchion” is the next time you beat the Ravens.

    (Niners fans, search “phil dawson stanchion” — you’ll see.)

  40. bensstinkyfingers says: Mar 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    Congrats Phil! As much as it pains most of us browns fans to see you go, you deserve an opportuinty to get a ring. As we all know the browns chance of getting you that ring are a couple of years away. So good move on your part, bad move on cleveland management. You have always been a class act, leader, on and off the field, and clutch in the swirling lake erie winds. Wish you nothing but the best, you are a true pros pro!!

  41. oldbyrd says: Mar 19, 2013 6:53 PM

    Another great move by the Niners. Im a Eagles fan but, I respect your great organization.

  42. easydog100 says: Mar 19, 2013 6:57 PM

    I’m a lifelong Browns’ fan and I am S I C K about this move .. a move that makes NO sense. I fear they will live to regret this decision.

  43. friscokid49 says: Mar 19, 2013 6:58 PM

    great! another 38 year old kicker

  44. brooklynniner19 says: Mar 19, 2013 7:03 PM

    Yes, great pickup Trent Baalke. Rams we are coming for you now! lol

  45. clevelandpownd says: Mar 19, 2013 7:06 PM

    This is one of the saddest days in Browns history. Been on this boat ride more than 30 years. Good luck, Phil. Hope you hoist the Lombardi.

  46. forty9asty says: Mar 19, 2013 7:11 PM

    juliusanonymous says:
    Mar 19, 2013 5:53 PM
    Well, at least they got a kicker. Won’t help when they come to Seattle though. 42-13 is a pretty serious beatdown.

    Geez, what is it with these Seahawks fans and the whole “42-13″ thing? We are all aware of the outcome of the last game we faced-off. Yes, you guys beat us pretty well. Guess what? We STILL won the division (even with the replacement ref gimmie) two years in a row, we STILL went to the NFCCG two years in a row, and we STILL went to the SuperBowl. It’s still pretty sad that the greatest game in your teams’ history is apparently a regular season matchup from a year ago.

    Oh, and by the way, 9/25/1988 38-7, 9ers over Seattle…(see how silly it looks?)

  47. ravensrooster94 says: Mar 19, 2013 7:26 PM

    Good move for San Francisco and Dawson. As a Ravens fan, I’m glad to see him out of the division.

    The 49ers just signed what is the missing link to another Super Bowl.

    The Browns just got a little worse (if that’s possible)

  48. merricle123 says: Mar 19, 2013 7:33 PM

    Phil didn’t want to stay in Cleveland he wants to play for a contender. Die hard Browns fan! Wish u luck!

  49. brownsfanincali says: Mar 19, 2013 7:36 PM

    Welcome to Cali, Phil ! And as a life-long , long -suffering Browns fan all I can say is stupid godd#m effin Browns ! @&$;; get a rope @$&);;
    Banner ?$(()@& Lombardi… Tar and feathers.

  50. stinkypinkee says: Mar 19, 2013 7:41 PM

    bring back nedney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. clebrowntown says: Mar 19, 2013 7:43 PM

    Dawson is a class act as a man and one hell of a kicker. He worked his tail off last preseason and cam into 2012 with his best year yet. I’ve seen many of the best kickers live and Dawson is right up there with ‘em if not better.
    His ability to do what he did at the Browns field was absolutely amazing. It’s one of the worst fields in the entire NFL…worse even than FedEx. His ability to kick in the cold and winds off the lake, not to mention blizzard like snow is nothing short of remarkable.
    Brad Seely is deliriously happy tonight and he should be.
    We’ll miss you Mr. D! Best of luck in Frisco!!

  52. sfniners4life says: Mar 19, 2013 7:47 PM

    I don’t know much about Dawson career cause I don’t follow the browns. I can say watching him on Travel channel last year in there browns show, he appear like a class act. To see browns fans praise him also says a bunch cause in there history since coming back he appears to be the fan favorite. Granted they haven’t had anything else besides cribbs but as a long time niner fan I understand. I widh Akers could have gotten a ring for us instead of ending his career like that. Gotta feel for the class act. Those guys are a dying breed.

  53. brownsfanincali says: Mar 19, 2013 8:01 PM

    All the best , Phil … You rock.

  54. ronaldmexico says: Mar 19, 2013 8:20 PM

    Dawson had a great year in 2012 – then again, Akers had a record-setting year in 2011, and last year didn’t turn out too well for him.

  55. bert1913 says: Mar 19, 2013 8:59 PM

    the 9ers are getting older and older.

  56. seanpbeck says: Mar 19, 2013 9:08 PM

    Congrats 49er fans! You have no idea how valuable Phil Dawson is. Best outdoor/bad weather kicker I’ve ever seen. Has ADDED power as he ages because he figured out early on that he had to take care of his body. He deserves to play for a team that wins more than 4 games a year and I’ll be cheering for him when he kicks the Super Bowl winning field goal for you this season. Now can you PLEASE tell Jed York to tell his uncle Eddie to get back in the game and buy the Browns? It would be doing us a really big favor. Thanks!

  57. phan216 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:38 PM

    He mastered those Lake Erie winds. Easily one of the hardest places to kick.

    This video is of one of the most legendary field goals in Browns history right here. Blizzard game versus the Bills….49 yard knuckleball field goal in 40 mph winds. He kicked at least 10 yards to the left to make it. Absolutely unbelievable kick in a 8-0 win. This is how valuable a kicker like Dawson is in Browns stadium.

    @ 1:50

  58. baymac408 says: Mar 19, 2013 9:44 PM

    Thanks to the browns fans for insight shows a lot of class.. Unlike Seattle fans!! (Clowns) this is a good pick up! Much needed hole being filled! Time to get to work NINERS. Welcome Phil Dawson!! GO NINERS

  59. raiderapologist says: Mar 19, 2013 9:58 PM

    Do the Niners have a kickoff specialist?

  60. phan216 says: Mar 19, 2013 10:18 PM

    One last thing here from me. Read this 49ers fans…….kinda sums it all up on our end.

    http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2013/03/phil_dawson_cleveland_browns.html#incart_special-report#incart_m-rpt-2

  61. zeroforty says: Mar 19, 2013 10:38 PM

    Cleveland fans are the real deal! I am impressed by the fanbase and phil dawson for the respect he has gained from the fans.

  62. Chris Henry's Wild Ride says: Mar 19, 2013 11:23 PM

    Meanwhile…..Marvin Lewis, Mike Tomlin, and John Harbaugh are all sleeping like babies tonight……

  63. hboilers24 says: Mar 20, 2013 3:30 AM

    Sorry to see Phil leave Cleveland but very happy to see him get a legit shot at a ring next year.
    Total class act and a great member of the community and has also been Cleveland’s MVP since…well…1999 lol.

    good luck Phil!!!

  64. cherrybop says: Mar 20, 2013 6:11 AM

    This is good news…for Pittsburgh!

    (Seriously, why would Cleveland trade away their most effective and consistent scorer?)

  65. olskool711 says: Mar 20, 2013 2:01 PM

    Its pretty encouraging to see as many Browns fans respond with class in spite of the idiotic troll posts at the begining of the replies.

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