Sources: Browns veteran kicker Dawson wants new contract
Add another Cleveland Brown to the list of players unhappy with their current contract.
According to multiple sources, Browns kicker Phil Dawson is seeking a new deal with the team and his representation recently approached Cleveland's front office and general manager Phil Savage about restructuring his contract. When contacted by ESPN.com Friday afternoon, agent Neil Cornrich would neither confirm nor deny Dawson's stance with the team.
Dawson signed a five-year, $7.1 million contract extension in 2005 that runs through 2010. He will make $950,000 this season and $1 million in each of the final two years. But Dawson, the longest-tenured Brown on the roster, is coming off a career year in 2007 where he converted 26-of-30 field goals and 42-of-43 extra points.
The 10-year veteran joins a growing list of players in Cleveland who feel they are underpaid. Before the start of the regular season, Pro Bowl tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. and Pro Bowl kick returner Joshua Cribbs expressed unhappiness with their contracts.
Savage said in recent weeks that the team is currently at its "budget," indicating that Cleveland doesn't intend to rework any contracts with players until after the 2008 season. The Browns had a busy offseason in re-signing quarterback Derek Anderson and tailback Jamal Lewis. They also lured receiver Donte' Stallworth and defensive linemen Corey Williams and Shaun Rogers to Cleveland with big contracts.
The Browns (0-1) host the Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) Sunday night at 8:15 p.m. in a big AFC North division game for both teams.
James Walker covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
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