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.
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