That means there may not be many good options left for the 49ers if Dawson leaves. I’ve long thought Dawson will return to the 49ers. There is mutual love there and he had a great 2013 season.
As for safety Donte Whitner, NFL Network is reporting the Cleveland native is close to a deal with the Browns. He cannot sign until 1 p.m. PT. If Whitner leaves, the 49ers could make a play for Carolina safety Mike Mitchell. He’s not as good as Whitner, but he’s better than what the team has in-house as a potential replacement for Whitner.