Kicker Phil Dawson, the greatest player in the reincarnated Browns’ history, is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
Dawson tweeted the news himself on Tuesday, graciously thanking Browns fans for their support throughout the years.
The writing had been on the wall all season. The new regime, with no real ties to any player on the roster, hasn’t shown much interest in any of the team’s free agents. Never mind the fact that Dawson is coming off a Pro Bowl season and has been a member of the team since its return to Cleveland in 1999.
Maybe the organization simply wanted to give Dawson the chance to play for a contender (or maybe the front office is just making a stubborn, colossal mistake). After all, the guy has suffered through some of the worst NFL teams in recent memory. Now, he gets to kick for a Super Bowl contender that is simply reloading for another run at a championship.
There is no player that deserves this chance more than Dawson, and Browns fans should be happy for him.