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Dawson attends minicamp

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 11, 2009

Browns kicker Phil Dawson attended the team's mandatory minicamp Thursday after missing two prior voluntary minicamps and off-season training activities, apparently because he's unhappy with his contract.

Dawson would not confirm that he's seeking to renegotiate his current deal, which runs through 2010 and reportedly pays him $1 million the next two years. According to, his agent Neil Cornrich approached the Browns last year, but was told by then-general manager Phil Savage that the Browns were at their budget. Dawson signed a five-year, $7.1 million extension in 2005.

Cincinnati's Shayne Graham, the Bengals' franchise player, agreed to a one-year tender offer of $2.483 million for 2009, the average of the top five highest-paid kickers in 2008.

Asked about his contract, Dawson said Thursday, ''I'm not going to get into all that. I'm here today. It's good to see my teammates again. There's a time and place for all that, but now is not it.''

Asked if there was any doubt he'd come to the mandatory camp, which runs through Saturday,
Dawson repeated the same thing.

Dawson was perfect on his field goal attempts at the end of Thursday morning's practice in the rain.

''A little rusty, but hey, it's June,'' Dawson said. ''The first game's in September. There's a lot of time between now and then.''


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