SANTA CLARA -- San Francisco’s 41-year-old kicker has agreed to a one-year deal.
Phil Dawson, who was voted the 49ers’ most valuable player in 2015, will be back for the 2016 season, according to a league source. The 49ers won’t formally announce the deal until Dawson signs his contract and it is returned to the team.
Dawson missed only three field-goals in 27 attempts last season, and two of those were blocked. He also made all three tries from 50 yards or longer, proof that turning 40 doesn’t necessarily sap a kicker’s strength.
The Indianapolis Colts this week re-signed their own kicker, Adam Vinatieri, who will turn 44 during the season. Dawson turned 41 in January. Part of his sustainability may be due to the fact that rookie punter Bradley Pinion handled kickoffs last season. That arrangement is expected to continue in the upcoming campaign.
At the end of the season, coaches voted Dawson the winner of the Bill Walsh Award, which gos to the team’s MVP. He became the first 49ers kicker to get that honor since Joe Nedney won it in 2005.
The 49ers now have signed three of their own would-be unrestricted free agents: Dawson, running back Shaun Draughn and nose tackle Ian Williams. Receiver Anquan Boldin and running back Reggie Bush remain free agents.