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David Akers | Place Kicker | #2

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (42) / 12/9/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 200
College: Louisville
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Lions GM Martin Mayhew said the team won't re-sign free agent K David Akers.
Akers, 39, made 19-of-24 field goals in his lone season with the Lions. Coach Jim Schwartz stuck by the veteran all season. Akers is likely going to face an ice-cold market and could even retire. The Lions have kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio currently on the roster. Detroit will likely bring in more competition. Fri, Feb 21, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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Coach Jim Schwartz gave K David Akers yet another vote of confidence Tuesday.

Akers somehow missed a 31-yarder during the Thanksgiving win over the Packers. The Lions worked out three kickers on Monday and three on Tuesday including Shayne Graham, but none of them were signed. Regardless, fantasy owners need to find someone kicking with more confidence as we head into Week 14.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 09:00:00 AM

Coach Jim Schwartz gave David Akers a vote of confidence after he missed his fifth field goal attempt of the season on Thursday.

Akers, 38, is 15-of-20 on the season and has missed kicks from 31, 45, and 47 yards away, in addition to having two others blocked. The Lions plan to work out kickers this upcoming week, but we'd expect Akers to remain the guy.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Lions K David Akers (groin surgery) hasn't been doing much kicking at OTAs and is not at 100 percent.

Akers had groin surgery after the Super Bowl and still hasn't recovered. The kicker said pushing himself following double-hernia surgery prior to last season caused him to aggravate the injury, which he cites as the reason for his woeful 2012. He's taking it slowly in an effort to avoid a repeat of last year's debacle.
Source: MLive.com
Thu, May 30, 2013 05:35:00 PM

Lions agreed to terms with K David Akers, formerly of the 49ers.

Whereas old Lions kicker Jason Hanson converted 89 percent of his 2012 field-goal tries, replacement Akers managed a 69-percent conversion rate. The Lions will hope Akers' woeful season was due wholly to a pelvis injury that plagued him all year. Akers, 38, underwent surgery on the pelvis in early March.
Fri, Apr 5, 2013 07:16:00 PM

Free agent K David Akers left his Lions visit without a contract.

It's a sign the Lions are still hoping to re-sign Jason Hanson. Coming off a rough season in San Francisco, Akers has yet to line up any other visits.
Source: MLive.com
Wed, Apr 3, 2013 07:41:00 PM

The Lions will host K David Akers for a free-agent visit next week.

Perhaps Detroit is using the Akers visit to put pressure on fellow free agent Jason Hanson, whom the Lions would prefer to re-sign. Hanson went 32-of-36 (89 percent) on field goals last year. Akers went 29 for 42 (69 percent).
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 01:02:00 PM

Free agent K David Akers has "no intention" of retiring, and recently underwent a "minor surgical procedure" to correct an issue that bothered him in 2012.

Akers dealt with a vague "pelvis" injury last season, but didn't miss any games. He'll surely blame his rough year on the ailment in free agency. Akers underwent a double sports hernia operation in February 2012.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 07:10:00 PM

49ers released K David Akers.

The Sideline View's Adam Caplan reported the move was imminent on Monday. Just one year removed from one of the greatest kicking seasons in NFL history, Akers left the 49ers no choice after shanking 13-of-42 field-goal attempts last season. He narrowly avoided a handful of other misses. Akers' résumé is impressive enough that teams should be willing to ignore an off year, but at 38, he may not get a job until a team finds itself in a desperate situation.
Wed, Mar 6, 2013 06:07:00 PM

The Sideline View's Adam Caplan reports the 49ers are expected to release K David Akers before the start of free agency.

Akers had no shot at collecting his $3 million salary after going just 29-of-42 on field-goal attempts last season. He was 4-of-5 in the playoffs. Akers is only one year removed from one of the greatest kicking campaigns in league history, but will likely have to settle for a camp competition in free agency.
Mon, Mar 4, 2013 11:52:00 AM

CSN Bay Area expects the 49ers to move on from K David Akers.

Akers' $3 million salary would be steep even if he hadn't been utterly incompetent in 2012. As it is, he missed 13-of-42 field-goal attempts, an unacceptable number. Beat writer Matt Maiocco believes free agents Lawrence Tynes, Shayne Graham, Nick Novak and Mike Nugent are all possible replacements.
Thu, Feb 7, 2013 03:29:00 PM

The 49ers will stick with K David Akers for the Super Bowl.

Akers missed yet another kick in Sunday's NFC Championship escape — shanking it off the uprights — but will remain a man of nine lives. Akers has missed at least one field-goal attempt in seven of 10 games since the 49ers' Week 9 bye. San Francisco can only hope it doesn't have the next Scott Norwood (or Ray Finkle) on its hands.
Mon, Jan 21, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Coach Jim Harbaugh announced that David Akers will kick for the 49ers in Saturday's Divisional round game versus the Packers.

Although Billy Cundiff lost the kicking competition, he will remain on the roster as insurance. Harbaugh said Akers gives the 49ers the "best chance to win," which doesn't say much for Cundiff. Owners who poached Cundiff off the waiver wire for the fantasy playoffs are out of luck.
Thu, Jan 10, 2013 05:19:00 PM

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh said there's a "good chance" both David Akers and Billy Cundiff will be on the roster this weekend.

Harbaugh added that there is a "leader in the clubhouse," but he wouldn't name names and didn't specify if both would be active for Saturday's Divisional Round game versus the Packers. Akers and Cundiff were taking their duel to Candlestick Park on Monday afternoon. We likely won't know much more until late in the week.
Source: ESPN.com
Mon, Jan 7, 2013 04:53:00 PM

David Akers (pelvis) revealed Thursday that he underwent surgery last February for a double sports hernia.

Complications from that surgery have been behind his struggles of late. Akers was shaky on the first day of his kicking competition while Billy Cundiff showed a stronger and more accurate leg. "The telling sign to me is the fact he's missing them wide left, which means he's not getting his hips through the ball," ex-49ers kicker Joe Nedney said of Akers. "He's not swinging confidently through the ball." It's premature to predict a winner here, but Cundiff appears to have the edge.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 07:10:00 PM

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