After a disappointing season from David Akers, the 49ers are actively searching for his replacement, according to the Sacramento Bee.
Akers missed two field goals from the 40-49 yard range in Sunday’s win over the Cardinals. His stats this season have been mediocre at best: 29/42 on total attempts for 69 percent accuracy, ranking him 30th among NFL kickers.
The available kickers on the market at the moment include Billy Cundiff, Neil Rackers, Dave Raynor and Jeff Reed. All of them are veterans who have been around and should not be fazed about joining a team this late in the season. In fact, Reed played for the 49ers late in 2010 to replace an injured Joe Nedney. He was 9/10 on field goals, with his long being 47 yards.
There will be much criticism if the 49ers do decide to implement a new kicker for the postseason, but the truth of the matter is that Akers is not the powerful, accurate kicker that he used to be. He has been in the league for 13 seasons now, and maybe his age is finally catching up to him after a stellar career.