NFL Free Agency: David Akers Signs With Detroit Lions

Nov 19, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers (2) attempts an extra point out of the hold of Andy Lee (4) at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Bears 32-7. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Free agent place kicker David Akers has agreed to terms with the Detroit Lions, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. He will replace the retired Jason Hansen.

Akers was released by the 49ers earlier this offseason.

After an unbelievable 2011-2012 season when he set an NFL record with 44 made field goals, Akers was simply not been the same kicker last season, making just 69 percent of his kicks.

In January, it was revealed that he had undergone double sports hernia surgery in the previous offseason, which could have affected him.

“I feel when I miss kicks I let the team, organization, and the fans down,” he lamented at the time. “I take it personal.”

The 38-year old Akers is a six-time Pro Bowler and has been a member of six All-Pro teams. He was named to the NFL’s All-Decade of the 2000s as well as the Philadelphia Eagles 75th Anniversary Team. He spent the majority of his career (2000-2010) with the Eagles.

Akers shares the record for the longest field goal in NFL history, a 63-yarder that he kicked in Week 1 last season. Little did we know that it would be one of his only bright moments of the year.

Topics: David Akers, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers

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