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49ers sign Phil Dawson

Cleveland Browns v Denver Broncos

After 14 seasons as a member of the Cleveland Browns, kicker Phil Dawson is heading west to San Francisco. The kicker announced through Twitter that he will be joining the Super Bowl runners-up for the 2013 season.

Dawson is the only player in the NFL that has been on the Browns’ roster every season since the franchise returned to the NFL in 1999. Dawson has made over 300 field goals in his career and, last season, hit 29 of his 31 field goal attempts, including a perfect 7 for 7 on field goals longer than 50 yards.

Green Bay Packers v Kansas City Chiefs

The San Francisco 49ers have reached an agreement with defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey.  Dorsey was drafted fifth overall by the Chiefs in the 2008 NFL Draft and signed a five-year, %51 million contract with the team. The former First-team All-American missed only one game in the first four years of his NFL career.

 

Last season, however, Dorsey suffered a calf injury in week 3 before being placed on IR in November, ending his season. In four games, he had four tackles. He has a career 159 tackles in 66 games.

Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

Anquan Boldin went from the Super Bowl champs to the team he beat in the Super Bowl with a Monday trade from the Ravens to the 49ers, and now it sounds like Ed Reed may soon follow.

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Arizona Cardinals v Atlanta Falcons

Free agent pass rusher John Abraham will visit with the San Francisco 49ers according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today.

Garafolo’s source states Abraham is scheduled to fly to San Francisco later today to meet with the defending NFC Champions. Abraham’s trip will come after he meets with Seattle earlier in the day. Garafolo says it’s unclear whether the Seahawks will make a push to sign the former Falcons DE before he leaves.

Abraham has played in a 4-3 defence for most of his career. The 49ers employ a 3-4 look, meaning Abraham will likely be used as a stand up rusher.

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Atlanta Falcons

Remember when San Francisco 49ers’ QB Alex Smith got injured earlier last season and a young and mobile upstart named Colin Kaepernick stepped in to lead them to the Super Bowl?

You don’t remember that? Really? It was a pretty big story…well anyway, it looks like we’re about to see the end of the 49ers’ quarterback saga.

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It's been a slice, Tony.

Let’s begin by going back — way, way back — to a far away, now foreign time when the Atlanta Falcons were more than just leading their NFC Championship game against San Fransisco. They were dominating in any and every way imaginable.

To review:

  • A 20-yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones was the opening play of the second quarter. That made it 17-0 for Atlanta, the second straight week they surged out to at least a two-touchdown lead.
  • That Jones score was his second of the day, and already his sixth catch at that point. His other touchdown was a 46 yarder, which came only seven plays into the game.
  • Another fun fact involving the number seven: Jones’ first touchdown came only seven yards short of the longest pass play surrendered all year by the 49ers’ secondary, a category in which they finished tied for first with Buffalo.
  • Jones had 120 receiving yards and two touchdowns by the 14:54 mark of the second quarter while averaging 20 yards per grab. He was the first wide receiver to amass 100 receiving yards during one quarter of a post-season game since Carolina’s Steve Smith in 2005.
  • What’s even more impressive — and now, crushing — is that in the same time frame Matt Ryan had already completed four passes for 20 yards or more. On the season, he was averaged three…per game.
  • Also, after the first quarter Ryan had 162 passing yards, while Colin Kaepernick had one. Yes, just one yard. Not a joke.
  • Taking that further and beyond the first quarter, Atlanta finished the first half with 297 total yards on offense. During the regular season, San Francisco gave up an average of 294.4 yards per game. Also not a joke.

Yet none of it mattered. For the second straight week, the Falcons did everything in their power to lose a game in the second half. This time, it worked.

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As most know, the process of evaluating football players is exhaustive, entailing an unhealthy overabundance of hours solely dedicated to one athlete who may or may not cut it in the pros for long.

In those hours, an evaluator typically jots down one-word descriptions in his or her notebook that may consist of descriptions such as “aggressive”, “quick like a cat”, “great feet” and “long”. They are ambiguous to a first-time reader, but they’re significant tips to personnel men attempting to predict the future.

Those assigned to the south-central region in the 49ers’ scouting department probably had a few of those notes when they studied Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree prior to making him the 10th overall pick of the 2009 draft. While studying his college game film, it’s likely that their eyebrows raised high, and consequently, their forehead furrowed when they saw the feet on the young Red Raider.

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