Re-signing Dawson not as easy as it might seem

Posted by Vic Carucci on February 19, 2013 – 2:29 am

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

You’ve got questions and comments that you submit to the Browns’ official Facebook and Twitter pages. Here’s what I have to say about what you have to say:

Tyler – Please keep Phil Dawson!! Getting rid of him shouldn’t even be an option. Phil Dawson has been our MVP for the last decade!!!

I hear you loud and clear on Dawson, Tyler.

There is no denying his importance to the Browns, or the fact he is one of the greatest kickers in the game – and has been for a long time.

Still, there also is no denying that the business of football is a factor in such decisions.

As tremendous a contribution as Dawson has made through the years, the Browns will need to assess a potential long-term investment in him on the basis of how many strong years he has ahead of him and on other investments they might make in future players they would want to retain or the free-agent market.

The Browns have placed a franchise tag on Dawson in each of the past two years. If he were to be tagged a third year in a row, he would be entitled to compensation equal to that of a quarterback.

The bottom line is that re-signing Dawson might not very well be the slam dunk that many of us think. I’m not saying it won’t get done, but it will present some challenges.

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