49ers bring in K Dawson

The San Francisco 49ers filled their kicking void Tuesday by signing veteran Phil Dawson to a one-year contract.

The reigning NFC champions released 38-year-old David Akers earlier this month and replaced him with the 38-year-old Dawson, who had spent his entire 14-year career with the Cleveland Browns.

Dawson made the Pro Bowl last year for the first time after connecting on 29- of-31 field goals, including a perfect 7-of-7 from beyond 50 yards.

"We are excited to add an accomplished veteran like Phil to our team," said 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. "Phil has performed at a high level throughout his career and has a lot of experience managing the elements, which is a valuable asset."

Dawson's 84.0 career field goal percentage ranks ninth in NFL history.