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Phil Dawson gets the franchise tag

Phil Dawson

Cleveland Browns’ Phil Dawson watches a field goal against the Atlanta Falcons in an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 10, 2010, in Cleveland. Dawson tied the Browns’ team record for career field goals, 234, matching Lou Groza. The Falcons won 20-10. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)


The Browns have decided to make sure kicker Phil Dawson returns for a 13th season in Cleveland.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Browns designated Dawson their franchise player Tuesday.

Dawson and the team struggled to come to terms on a long-term deal last offseason, leading Dawson to miss some voluntary workouts. The franchise number for kickers is expected to be somewhere between $3-3.5 million.

That’s a 300% pay raise, which should keep Dawson happy.