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Cleveland Browns' Phil Dawson earns All-Pro honors





By Tom Reed, The Plain Dealer

January 12, 2013

BEREA, Ohio: The post-season honors continue for Browns kicker Phil Dawson and left tackle Joe Thomas.

Each was named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team on Saturday. Dawson and Thomas earned second-team mention.

Dawson makes his first All-Pro squad after getting his first Pro-Bowl nod -- not a bad way to head into free agency. He converted 29-of-31 field goals. Most Browns fans will want to see new owner Jimmy Haslam invest money into their 37-year-old kicker. The Browns have the second-most projected salary-cap space in the NFL ($48.9 million), according to ESPN.

Thomas made his fifth All-Pro side. He is a three-time, first-team member and narrowly missed top squad again by two votes from the 50-member media panel. He is a six-time Pro Bowler.

Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and Houston defensive end J.J. Watt were unanimous selections. NFL.com released the squads this morning with a voter breakdown by position.

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