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San Francisco Signs Dawson, Moore; Giants Add Murphy, Carr

March 20 (Bloomberg) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed kicker Phil Dawson and wide receiver Marlon Moore to one-year contracts, the National Football League team said.

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.

“Phil has performed at a high level throughout his career and has a lot of experience managing the elements, which is a valuable asset,” 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke said in a statement.

The 49ers released David Akers on March 6, a month after he kicked three field goals in the 34-31 Super Bowl loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Moore, 25, signed with the Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent on April 30, 2010. In three seasons in Miami, he played in 29 games, recording 12 receptions for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

The New York Giants signed wide receiver Louis Murphy, who played with Carolina last season. Murphy, 25, has 115 receptions for 1,707 yards and seven touchdowns in four seasons, including 25 catches with the Panthers in 2012.

The Giants also agreed on a contract with quarterback David Carr, who will be the backup to starter Eli Manning for the third straight season, ESPN reported, citing an unidentified person familiar with the situation.

Carr, 33, attempted only three passes over the past two NFL seasons behind Manning, who has started 135 straight regular-season games for the Giants dating to 2004.

First Pick

Carr was the first pick in the 2002 NFL draft and spent his first five seasons with the Houston Texans, where he completed 60 percent of his passes for 59 touchdowns and 65 interceptions. He was a backup to Manning in 2008 and 2009, then spent one season with the 49ers before returning to New York.

The Ravens signed defensive end Marcus Spears to a two-year contract. The 30-year-old was released last week by the Dallas Cowboys after eight years.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, released by the Tennessee Titans, signed with the Indianapolis Colts. The 37-year-old will be the backup to Andrew Luck.

Center Brad Meester, 35, rejoined the Jaguars, signing a one-year deal to play a 14th season. Meester, a second-round draft pick in 2000, has spent his entire career in Jacksonville.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

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

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