The Browns did not reach a multi-year deal with kicker Phil Dawson before the NFL's deadline for teams to secure franchise-tagged players beyond the upcoming season passed at 4 p.m. today.
As a result, Dawson will play the 2012 season under a one-year franchise tag of $3.81 million. The Browns also franchised Dawson last year.
In March, General Manager Tom Heckert said it was the Browns' goal to sign Dawson to a long-term deal. In June, Dawson said he hoped for a long-term deal and wanted to retire as a member of the Browns.
Still, a multi-year contract has yet to be worked out. The two sides can try again after the 2012 season.