Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Poll: Which player will be missed the most?
By Jamison Hensley
The AFC North is undergoing quite a change this offseason. When kicker Phil Dawson signed with the 49ers on Tuesday, he became the third player to say goodbye to the team he's long been identified with, joining Ray Lewis and James Harrison.
Dawson, Harrison and Lewis combined for 40 years and 574 games played in this division. But which player will be missed most by his team this season?
Dawson fell just 78 points shy of Lou Groza's Cleveland Browns record for career points (1,349). He is the most accurate kicker (84 percent) in NFL history among kickers with 300 or more field goals. Last season, his 93.5 percent (29-of-31) conversion rate led the AFC.
Harrison, who was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 10, went to five Pro Bowls and recorded 60 sacks over the last six years. He was voted NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 after setting a team record with 16 sacks. In 2012, Harrison finished tied for the team lead in sacks with six.
Lewis, who retired after winning his second Super Bowl with the Ravens, is a two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time Pro Bowl player. He is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 interceptions. Last season, Lewis was limited to six games because of a torn triceps injury but led the NFL with 51 tackles in the playoffs.
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