49ers upgrade at kicker with Phil Dawson

After a nightmarish year of kicking with the now-departed David Akers, the 49ers have found their kicker.

It’s former Browns hired leg Phil Dawson.

Or so he says. The Niners haven’t confirmed the signing yet. (UPDATE: It’s officially a one-year deal.)

Dawson, unable to contain his excitement for going from a cellar dweller to a title contender, tweeted the news Tuesday afternoon. An exclamation point was used:

Dawson, 38, was second in the NFL last season in field goal percentage at 93.5 percent (29 of 31) and was the AFC kicker in the Pro Bowl. It’s a definite upgrade at kicker for the Niners, who saw Akers finish second-to-last in the league in field goal percentage (69 percent) in 2012 after a record-setting season in 2011. In a move that surprised nobody, Akers was cut by the team earlier this month.

Something that may have swayed the Dawson the Niners’ way: special teams coach Brad Seely coached Dawson two years in Cleveland. Seely is probably another reason why the team has been linked to Browns free agent return specialist Josh Cribbs.

Dawson also sent out his best wishes to Cleveland:

First LeBron, now Phil Dawson. Cleveland just can’t catch a break.

  • mexoplex

    What does the term “…the…burning couch of a draft class” mean?