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49ers not expected to retain kicker Phil Dawson

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The 49ers are expected to make a notable change at special teams.

The San Francisco 49ers roster overhaul is likely to mean a new kicker. FOX Sports NFL reporter Peter Schrager is reporting Phil Dawson is unlikely to return to the team in 2017. Dawson spent the past four seasons with the 49ers after spending his first 14 with the Cleveland Browns.

Dawson has been a rock at the kicker position for the 49ers, converting 86.1 percent of his field goals and 97.8 percent of his extra points. As the team has gone through a rough three years, he has also been a steadying presence for the locker room.

The 49ers have a variety of options to consider. They signed Nick Rose to a reserve/future contract back in January. This move happened before John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan were hired, so he could end up just being a camp body. If they want to invest in free agency, they could try and sign kickers like Brandon McManus, Steven Hauscka, Wil Lutz, or Robbie Gould among many others. If they want to spend a draft pick on the position, options include Zane Gonzalez, Jake Elliott, Austin Rehkow, or Adam Griffith, among others.