For the second straight year, the Cleveland Browns have placed the franchise tag on kicker Phil Dawson.
The 37-year-old will make about $3.8 million in 2012. Dawson has been kicking for the Browns since they returned to the NFL as an expansion team in 1999. Last year, he was 24-29 on field goals, including 7-8 from at least 50 yards.
The Browns could’ve lost Dawson to free agency on March 13th. They had until Monday to designate a franchise player. Cleveland can still try to sign Dawson to a long-term extension.
A team can use the franchise tag on just one player. After agreeing to an extension with linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, the last remaining high profile free agent for Cleveland is running back Peyton Hillis. Get breaking news sent to your mobile phone. Text "news" to 21095.
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