Browns Place Franchise Tag on Phil Dawson

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CLEVELAND, Ohio —

The Browns will place their franchise tag on veteran kicker Phil Dawson, a team spokesman confirmed to Fox 8 Friday evening.

Dawson, 37, stands to make just over $3.8 million for the Browns this coming season and has the distinction of being the team’s franchise player two straight seasons. In the 2011 season, Dawson made just over $3.1 million.

The Browns had the choice to either allow Dawson to become an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. on March 13, or keep him off the market by slapping the tag on him. It is still possible a multi-year deal can be negotiated.

Dawson will enter his 14th season as the Browns kicker in 2012, coming off a season where he made 24 of 29 field goal attempts. Seven of his field goals were beyond 50 yards.

This off-season, the Browns signed D’Qwell Jackson to a long-term deal, but much of the discussion for Browns fans has centered about a possible move up to the number two spot to take Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III.