As expected, the Cleveland Browns will place the franchise tag on kicker Phil Dawson for the second year in a row. He’ll make around $3.8 million in 2012, up from $3.175 million in 2011. He was due a 120% raise for being tagged a second year.
Dawson will be entering his 14th season with the team, and he remains the only player left from the reborn 1999 squad. He continues to produce at a high level, with 2011 being one of his best seasons to date. He converted 24 of 29 field goal attempts and kicked seven field goals of 50 yards or more, which tied him for most in the NFL.
Dawson has been searching for a long-term deal for a few years now, and the Browns can continue to work on one with him, but it’s good news for the organization that he will be back in 2012.