Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Josh Alper
March 11, 2014
The franchise tag wasn’t a viable option for the 49ers to make sure kicker Phil Dawson remained with the team in 2014 because it would have paid him at the level of a franchised quarterback.
That didn’t eliminate the possibility of bringing him back, however, and Dawson tweeted a short time ago that he has re-signed with the team. Dawson wrote that he’s “excited and grateful” to return to the team on what Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com reports is a two-year deal.
Dawson is coming off a very strong season that saw him set a franchise record by making 27 straight field goals. He was 32-of-36 overall and all seven, including a game-winner in Green Bay, that he tried in the postseason. Dawson has the highest percentage of made field goals of any kicker in NFL history with at least 300 made field goals.
With Dawson joining Jay Feely, Adam Vinatieri and other veterans who have already re-signed with their teams. Steve Hauschka is the top remaining free agent set to hit the market, but a return to Seattle may be in the cards with few teams unsettled at the kicker position right now.