UPDATE (1:15pm on Monday) -- The 49ers have officially re-signed placekicker Phil Dawson to a one-year deal, the team announced Monday afternoon.
“Phil is a consummate professional whose production on the field and his leadership in both the locker room and the community have been great assets to our organization,” GM Trent Baalke said in a statement. “He has an impressive approach to his craft that has allowed him to consistently rank among the best in the business throughout his career. We are pleased that Phil has chosen to continue his accomplished career with the 49ers.”
The 49ers and kicker Phil Dawson are closing in on a new one-year contract that will keep him with the organization for the 2016 season, a source told CSNBayArea.com on Friday.
Dawson, 41, has not yet signed a contract with the 49ers to return for an 18th NFL season, but the contract talks appear to be moving in that direction, the source said. Dawson was named the winner of the Bill Walsh Award last season as the team’s most valuable player.
UPDATE: The 49ers and Dawson reached a one-year contract agreement, according to sources. The one-year deal is fully guaranteed at $3.134 million, reports the Houston Chronicle.
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Dawson has spent the past three years of his career with the 49ers after kicking for the Cleveland Browns for the first 14 NFL seasons.
Dawson connected on 24 of 27 field-goal attempts (88.9 percent) and made 20 of his 21 extra points from the new distance of 33 yards. Last season was the first time in his career he did not handle kickoffs, as rookie punter Bradley Pinion took over those chores.
He connected on 19 consecutive field-goal attempts last season, and holds the two longest streaks in franchise history. In 2013, Dawson connected on a 49ers-record 27 consecutive field goals.
Dawson ranks tied for ninth in NFL history with 386 made field goals. He ranks 16th all-time with 1,611 points scored. His career field-goal 84.5 field-goal percentage ranks No. 2 all-time behind Matt Bryant among kickers with 300 or more made field goals.