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Veteran will replace Akers for NFC champions

SAN FRANCISCO — When new 49ers kicker Phil Dawson explained to his children he might no longer have uniform No. 4, one of his sons quickly suggested he go with 8. Dawson explained that, too, might be tough — considering it belonged to Hall of Famer Steve Young.

Dawson hopes to have even a little bit of that kind of impact on the San Francisco franchise.

The Super Bowl runner-up 49ers found their man to replace David Akers, signing the veteran Browns free agent to a one-year contract Tuesday after he spent the day at team headquarters.

"It's hard to pick just one (reason), that's what makes it such an attractive place," Dawson said during a conference call Tuesday night. "One of the storied teams in the NFL and a team that's on the verge of winning it all. .<TH>.<TH>. When you start mixing all that together, even for an idiot like me it's an easy decision."

The Pro Bowl kicker announced earlier in the day via Twitter that he had joined the NFC champion Niners, who parted ways with the six-time Pro Bowler

Akers on March 6 following a season in which he made only 29 of 42 attempts a year after he kicked an NFL single-season record 44 field goals.

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