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Browns GM Tom Heckert says he expects kicker Phil Dawson to report to training camp on time

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 27, 2011

Browns General Manager Tom Heckert said he expects kicker Phil Dawson to report to training camp on time.

"I had a very good conversation with Phil today," Heckert said during a news conference this afternoon. "And we'll see what happens."

Dawson thought the 2010 season would be his last as a member of the organization, but the Browns designated him as their franchise player in February. Browns President Mike Holmgren said Dawson gave no indication before the start of the league's lockout in mid-March whether he would sign his franchise tender.

Heckert, though, obviously anticipates Dawson will be back with the Browns. If he signs the one-year franchise tender, Dawson will be set to make $3.175 million in 2011, NFL Network's Albert Breer reported.

The Browns are set to start training camp on Friday. Full free agency will begin at 6 p.m. the same day. Still, free agents are permitted to report to team facilities for physicals prior to signing, meaning Dawson could surface in Berea before the signing period officially kicks off at 6 p.m.

Dawson, 36, has been with the Browns since their expansion season in 1999. He is the franchise's all-time leader in made field goals.

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