Phil Dawson signs franchise tender

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Last year, Browns kicker Phil Dawson signed the franchise tender without any holdout.  This year, a 20 percent raise has convinced him to sign it again.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Dawson has accepted the one-year, $3.81 million offer, putting him under contract for the 2012 season.

Until they are signed, franchise tenders can be rescinded.  Once signed, the player’s contract becomes fully guaranteed.

Five kickers received the franchise tag this year, which pays a base amount of $2.6 million.  Last year, two kickers (Olindo Mare and Ryan Longwell) signed three-year, $12 million deals.  The top of the market remains $4 million per year, courtesy of Sebastian Janikowski.

Dawson, a 13-year veteran, has spent his entire career with the Browns, joining the team in the season the Browns re-joined the NFL.