CLEVELAND – It came down to a few simple tweets for former Browns kicker Phil Dawson.
“Hey, Cleveland. Thank you for a tremendous ride. Your love, support & encouragement have blessed me deeply.”
“Playing for you has been one of the great joys of my life, and I wish you all the best.”
“I am humbled & thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my career with my new team, the SF 49ers!”
The Browns let Dawson become a free agent last week.
The Browns used the franchise tag on Dawson the last last two seasons, meaning that he received an average of the top five salaries for kickers in the NFL. If the Browns wanted to franchise him for a third straight season they would have had to pay him an average of the top five salaries in the NFL.
Dawson made $3.8 million last season.