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Browns kicker Phil Dawson to play under franchise tag after deadline for multi-year deal passes

By Nate Ulrich Published: July 16, 2012

Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson sits on a cooler after missing a fourth-quarter field goalagainst the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Cleveland. The Browns lost 13-12.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.


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