Veteran kicker Phil Dawson signs one-year deal with 49ers

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers kicker Phil Dawson (9) boots a field goal during overtime of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. Veteran kicker Dawson has signed his new one-year contract to stay with the 49ers, after reaching agreement on the deal Friday, March 11, 2016. The team announced the signing Monday. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) Veteran kicker Phil Dawson has signed his new one-year contract to stay with the San Francisco 49ers, after reaching agreement on the deal Friday.

The 49ers announced the signing Monday. Dawson, who will enter his 18th NFL season and fourth with San Francisco after spending his first 14 years with the Browns, made 24 of 27 field goals last season, including a long of 54 yards.

The 41-year-old Dawson had said he wanted to play at least another season and expressed his desire to remain with the Niners despite no longer handling kickoff duties he so loves. Dawson has said he considers it a ''win-win'' because he has been able to concentrate all of his efforts on field goals and PATs and feels much better physically over the grind of a long NFL season. He also enjoyed being a mentor to rookie punter Bradley Pinion last season.

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