Pro Bowl kicker Phil Dawson declined to reveal whether the Browns offered him a contract to return for a 15th season, but he made it clear he’ll always love Cleveland even though he’s moving on.

“I wish Cleveland nothing but the best,” Dawson said Thursday during a conference call he requested with the local media. “They were some of the greatest years of my life. It’s been an absolute privilege to wear that orange helmet and represent the fans each and every week. So there is nothing but positive feelings in my mind. I look forward to seeing how the organization grows and develops and experiences success. That’s how I truly feel.”

Dawson became an unrestricted free agent March 12, and as the process unfolded, he said the San Francisco 49ers came to the forefront. Dawson joined the 49ers Tuesday by signing a one-year deal reportedly worth $2.25 million.

“My agent [Neil Cornrich] did a tremendous job,” said Dawson, who made 29-of-31 field goals last season and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl. “I told him, ‘When things start getting serious, call me. Let’s talk about it.’ And when that started taking place, it was all about the 49ers. I’m on cloud nine right now.

“Once [it] became obvious that there was an opportunity in San Francisco, that became my focus. And the goal at that point was, ‘Let’s make this work.’ So that’s pretty much how the whole thing went.”

Dawson, 39, acknowledged that he wanted to join the 49ers because they’re coming off a Super Bowl appearance and are considered legitimate contenders. Dawson had been with the Browns since their expansion season in 1999 and suffered through 12 losing seasons.