Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Highly doubt that. Dawson is a premier kicker in the NFL. They may bring in an undrafted guy like a Tavecchio or someone like that, but I think you can cross kicker off the list as a need at this point. Unless Dawson has some weird injury or regresses like Akers did, he should be good for 2-3 seasons.
Yep, bring in someone like Tavecchio during training camp and pre-season just to save Dawson's leg a bit. No doubt about it though Dawson is our guy hopefully for 2-3 years. Love the signing just hope he isn't getting the 3.5-4 mil I thought he would get.
And yeah people will complain because we will pay big money instead of using a 7th or get a udfa that will be the next Tucker, Zuerlein or Walsh. It's pretty rare to have 3 rookie kickers perform like that. I guess people think they grow on trees. Almost all rookie kickers struggle and there are a ton of drafted kickers that don't ever work out... those 3 are rare exceptions. Sturgis (79.5) and Hopkins (78.5) career averages are a bit lower than Dawson's 84. Part of me said will have a more explosive offense so we won't have to rely on fg's as much so we could save money and go with a rookie. Another says we will be playing a lot of tough teams including playoff games; a lot of games will come down to 3 points.
[ Edited by Gore_21 on Mar 19, 2013 at 4:47 PM ]