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Pro Bowl Kicker Phil Dawson Says on Twitter That He’s Now a 49er

March 19 (Bloomberg) -- Phil Dawson has signed with the San Francisco 49ers, the free-agent kicker said in a Twitter post.

Dawson, who played his first 14 National Football League seasons with the Cleveland Browns, made the announcement after thanking Cleveland fans for a “tremendous ride.”

“I am humbled and thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my career with my new team, the SF 49ers,” Dawson said on Twitter.

Bob Lange, a spokesman for the 49ers, said in an e-mail that the team doesn’t have anything to report at this time.

Dawson, 38, was selected for his first Pro Bowl last season after making 29 of 31 field-goal attempts, including all seven from more than 50 yards. He’s 29th in NFL history, and seventh among active players, with 1,271 points scored.

The 49ers released David Akers on March 6, a month after he kicked three field goals in the 49ers’ 34-31 Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Akers’s 69 percent success rate last season was the lowest of his career and below the NFL average of 84 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mason Levinson in New York at mlevinson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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