Dawson wants to end career with Browns

BEREA, Ohio -- Phil Dawson spent his entire offseason away from the Cleveland Browns after being given the franchise tag for a second straight year.

So, it came as a surprise when the kicker said he wants to end his career with the Browns.

"You know what, I’d like to. I really would," Dawson said after the first day of mandatory minicamp. "I’m not thinking about my career being over at this point, but it just doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to go play somewhere else. So, we’ll see what happens. I’ve told you guys before I’m not very good at predicting the future, but I’m just going to go to work like I always do and hope that things get worked out.”

Dawson, 37, had previously expressed a desire to play closer to his family in Texas. But he seems committed to finishing up with the Browns.

When asked about if he thought about Lou Groza's all-time franchise points record, Dawson blurted out it would take two and a half years before the reporter was done asking the question. Dawson is 194 points behind Groza.

That was a goal I set in 1999 when Danny Kight and Chris Boniol were out here competing against me in training camp," Dawson said. "If I would had admitted back then that, that was one of my goals you guys would have laughed me out of town and I wouldn’t have blamed you. So a lot of work, a lot of years and a lot of effort has taken place since then. To even be remotely on the horizon close to that is a pretty neat thing.”