One day after long-time Lions kicker Jason Hanson announced his retirement after 21 seasons, the Lions agreed to terms on a contract with free agent kicker David Akers to fill the void.
The team brought in Akers for a visit earlier this week, but he left without a contract.
The left-footed Akers appeared in all 37 games (regular season and playoffs) for the 49ers the past two seasons and connected on 73-of-94 field goal attempts and all 78 of his extra point attempts.
In 2011, he set an NFL record with 44 field goals made on 52 attempts.
He struggled some last year and made just 29-of-44 attempts, his lowest percentage since 1999.
Akers, 38, is a six-time Pro Bowler with a strong leg. He tied an NFL record with 63-yard field goal in a Week 1 victory over the Packers last year.
Over his 15-year career, Akers has made 367 field goals in 453 attempts (81 percent).
The Lions will also benefit from Akers’ stronger leg in the form of more touchbacks on kickoff. The 49ers ranked 10th in the NFL with 40 touchbacks, while the Lions had just 30 a season ago.
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