On Thursday, he held a conference call with the Cleveland media as a way to say a formal goodbye, because that’s just the kind of guy Dawson is.
During that call, Dawson declined to say whether the Browns even offered him a new contract, but judging by the amount the 49ers are paying him, it probably didn’t happen.
Either that or Dawson is ready to finally play for a winner. And can you blame him?
He is easily the best player the Browns have had since returning to the league in 1999 and capping it off with a Pro Bowl berth is a pretty solid way to go out. Dawson still has plenty to offer and the 49ers give him a chance to win a championship next season and beyond.
Meanwhile, the Browns have worked out a trick shot artist from Norway named Havard Rugland. The Dawson-less era is already weird.