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The future of special teams stars Phil Dawson and Josh Cribbs with the Cleveland Browns is up in the air.
When longtime Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson and star returner Josh Cribbs play for the Cleveland Browns Sunday at 1 p.m., it could be the last time either player plays a home game for Cleveland.
Dawson, who was designated the team's franchise player the last two seasons, won't be this season, making him a free agent. Cribbs will also be a free agent, and it is unclear whether either player figures into the team's future plans.
Dawson, who will be in his 15th season next season, indicated to Jeff Schudel of the News-Herald in northern Ohio that he'd like to return.
"I'm fully confident that when the appropriate time of year comes around there'll be discussions," Dawson told Schudel. "My mentality is if I play badly these last three games, no one will want me. So my focus truly is doing my job this week. Then I'll start it over next week and get ready for Denver and then start it over again and try to get ready for Pittsburgh."
The Browns host the Washington Redskins Sunday. Cleveland has won three straight games and Washington has won four straight.