Kicker Phil Dawson Contemplating Retirement

At the age of 44, Phil Dawson may finally be contemplating retirement. The kicker says he has had “some back-and-forth” with teams, but isn’t sure if he’d accept an offer. 

I haven’t made any decisions yet,” Dawson told Kevin Kleps of CrainsCleveland.com. “Every year, honestly, for the past seven or eight years, I come home in the offseason and assess where I am and where my family is, and then we all sit down and make a decision. We’re in the process of doing that again.”

We have yet to hear of interest in Dawson this offseason, but teams are known to tinker with their kicking situation throughout the summer. Dawson’s resume could draw teams in, but any interested club will want to do a thorough check on his hip.

In November, the Cardinals cut Dawson after his hip held him back. He made just five-of-eight field goals, giving him the least accurate season of his career.

Prior to that, Dawson connected on 84.2% of his career field goals for the Browns, 49ers, and Cardinals. He was so-so in 2017 (80% accuracy), but he did nail 85.7% of his tries for SF in 2016.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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  1. crosseyedlemon

    As Jim Mora might say “Retirement? Don’t talk about retirement…are you kidding me?”

    Phil has a 9.0 rushing average and a 108.3 passer rating so I would like to see him play to a least 50.

  2. partyatnapolis

    if he retires the man needs to sign a one day contract with the browns

    • connfyoozed

      I’d like that even though I’m a Steeler fan. Frankly the Browns should retire his number, although offhand I don’t remember if the Browns retire uniform numbers or not.

      • crosseyedlemon

        The retired Brown uniforms are: 14 (Otto Graham) 32 (Jim Brown) 45 (Ernie Davis) 46 (Don Fleming) 76 (Lou Groza)

  3. connfyoozed

    I’d love to see Dawson keep playing, just as much as I would have loved for him to kick for the Steelers at some point in his career. The guy has always been clutch.

  4. murwin

    Speaking from the Cardinals perspective, do it. He’s a bum and should retire but if you want him you can have him. I think if he fell, he’d miss the floor.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Cardinal fans should be prohibited from expressing any perspective on kickers. Does the name Steve Little ring a bell? He was the Cardinals “can’t miss” first round draft pick that hit an amazing 48% of his FG attempts.

    • connfyoozed

      The Cards might not know what a good kicker looks like if they ever meet one not named Phil Dawson.

      • crosseyedlemon

        Jim Bakken was probably the last good kicker the Cardinals had and he is now 78 years old.

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