The 49ers increased their range Tuesday night, as free agent Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson agreed to terms of a contract, he revealed on Twitter.
Dawson, 38, who played the first 14 seasons of his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns, replaces recently released veteran David Akers.
Akers struggled last season after setting an NFL record with 44 made field goals in 2011. Akers missed more field-goal attempts than anyone in the NFL in 2012, making just 29 of 42 attempts.
Akers was particularly inefficient outside of 40 yards, where he made just nine of 19 attempts.
Dawson, however, was perfect on long kicks. He made 20 of 20 from beyond 40 yards, including a remarkable 7-for-7 on tries from 50-plus yards, with a long of 53.
Kicker Phil Dawson joins 49ers
CSN Bay Area | Mar 19