Phil Dawson: Cleveland Browns Give Their Kicker The Franchise Tag
On A Team Devoid Of Talent, Kicker Phil Dawson Becomes The Only Tag Option
The Cleveland Browns tagged kicker Phil Dawson Tuesday afternoon, a move no one expected.
Dawson has been asking for a new contract for more than a year now and the Browns have refused to negotiate with him. Now his contract is up and the front office tags him.
As a Browns fan, I'm happy they tagged him. Don't get me wrong. But the method the Browns front office has gone about handling Dawson raises some eyebrows.
Dawson is one of the best kickers in the league and he's one of the best cold weather kickers in the history of the game. Dawson knows the winds in Cleveland Browns Stadium, he knows the winds in Heinz Field and he's still got plenty of gas left in the tank.
Dawson is 36, but the best kickers routinely keep playing until they are 40. Dawson has wanted a long-term contract from the Browns, but they refused to negotiate. As a result, Dawson sold his home in Cleveland and moved back to Texas after the season ended.
The handling of Dawson's contract is just one of many reasons why the Browns continually finish last in the AFC North. They take 10 steps to do something that takes three and they have their priorities all screwed up.
Dawson's contract should have been settled last year but the desire to keep him didn't seem to be there. Now they want him again. Dawson is one of the few guys on the team with real talent, and the Browns need to treat him better.
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