The San Francisco 49ers rode the unsettling roller-coaster of having a sporadic kicker in 2012. It appears they upgraded the position Tuesday as Phil Dawson, the long-time Cleveland Brown and 2012 Pro Bowl player, announced on Twitter he's headed to the Bay Area.49ers later announced the move.
Dawson spent 14 years with the Browns and connected on a career-high 93.5 percent of his kicks (29-of-31) last season. He went 14-for-15 over the last two seasons on kicks of 50-plus yards. The Browns also were one of the top kickoff coverage teams in the NFL.
David Akers was successful on just 69 percent of his attempts with the 49ers last season. Billy Cundiff was brought in as competition before the playoffs, but Jim Harbaugh stuck with Akers, who was cut earlier this month.
The accurate Dawson should be a nice little improvement for the 49ers. There's little more frustrating than an inconsistent field goal kicker.
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