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March 11, 2014
Here's the kicker: Phil Dawson returning to the 49ers

Phil Dawson, who set a 49ers record with 27 straight field goals in 2013, is returning to the team this season after agreeing to a two-year deal. Dawson, 39, broke the news himself on Twitter: "Very excited & grateful for the opportunity to return to my team & be a part of chasing the quest for six! Go niners! #itsgood."

Dawson has been particularly steady from long range in recent years, hitting four of six tries from 50 yards and beyond last season. One of his misses was a 71-yard free-kick field goal attempt at the end of the half in St. Louis last year. Dawson also hit game-winning field goals in the regular-season finale in Arizona and in the first round of the playoffs in Green Bay.

Meanwhile, the 49ers, as expected, offered tenders to restricted free agent Demarcus Dobbs and exclusive rights free agent Michael Wilhoite. Dobbs' one-year offer would pay him $1.4 million. He can shop himself on the open market, but the 49ers can match any offers he receives. Because he went undrafted in 2011, the 49ers would not get any compensation should he sign elsewhere.

Wilhoite, meanwhile, has no bargaining ability. He will compete to fill in for NaVorro Bowman, who is expected to miss some of the season as he recovers from an ACL injury suffered in the NFC Championship game.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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