Dawson agreed to a one-year deal with San Francisco, CSN Bay Area reports. Dawson turned 41 in January and his range has never been better than average, but he remained a remarkably accurate kicker in 2015, making 24-of-27 attempts. If Chip Kelly sees to an uptempo offense of even modest success in San Francisco, Dawson should have a good number of field goal opportunities in 2016.
Dawson converted all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winner in Sunday's 19-16 overtime win over the Rams. This was only the second time Dawson had attempted four field goals this whole season. The 49ers' stagnant offense limited his opportunities to score this season, but Dawson took care of his end and converted 24-of-17 attempts (two were blocked). He will be a free agent this offseason, but proved that he can still get it done even as a 40-year-old. Retirement would be the only reason Dawson isn't kicking for an NFL team next season.
Dawson was good from 40, but missed a 45-yard attempt in Sunday's 32-17 loss to the Lions. While he is officially 20-for-23 on the year, this was Dawson's first missed field goal that wasn't a result of a block. They 49ers' stagnant offense has limited his field goal attempts this year, and that won't change next week against a stingy St. Louis defense.
Dawson had his only field goal attempt blocked in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Bengals. Dawson's only two misses this season have been due to blocked kicks. If he was a kicker for a more potent offense, he would have the potential to be a top-10 option with his accuracy (19-of-19 on unobstructed kicks). Unfortunately he plays for an inconsistent offense and has a low ceiling for fantasy value.
Dawson was good for 44 and converted his only PAT in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Browns. Dawson was perfect against his former team, but his fantasy day was limited by the 49ers' inconsistent offense yet again. With a tough matchup against the Bengals on the horizon, Dawson shouldn't be considered a top kicking option for week 15.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||Los Angeles Rams||29||8.50|
|7||10/23||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||8.69|
|9||11/06||New Orleans Saints||21||7.56|
|11||11/20||New England Patriots||6||6.56|
|14||12/11||New York Jets||11||6.94|
|16||12/24||@Los Angeles Rams||29||8.50|