Lions agree to terms with K David Akers

Posted by ttwentyman on April 5, 2013 – 8:08 pm

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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44 Responses to “Lions agree to terms with K David Akers”

  1. By Tom Riddell on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    They should still draft a Rookie in 6 or 7 round

  2. By ted meyers on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Is anyone else having problems watching the videos on the website? For some reason the screens are pitch black. Any help would be appreciated

  3. By Josh on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    I respect the hell out of Akers but we should’ve used a 6th or 7th rounder on a kick and had him for years. Heck, we could’ve used an unsigned rookie which is common to do for kickers. Guys like Swenson or Dan Conroy from MSU were money from deep and played in very windy, wet or snowy conditions.

  4. By Jason Downie on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Are you kidding me with this? The Lions have lost there mind if they think Akers will do better then a Draft pick kicker. Akers sucks at feild goals, so why would they sign this loser. OMG I am outraged. If i was runinng this team, i would fire the guy who thought this was a good idea. I feel like getting sick, I hope the lions dont have to lean on Akers for a game winning feild goal, because he will let you down!!! The Lions management are retarted for signing Akers and not signing Hayward-Bey.

  5. By james j wood on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Hanson was the last active Detroit Lion to play with Barry Sanders! This guy was money because he harder missed extra points! Long field goals he could nail them! Sure he miss sum of them, he was a great kicker!

  6. By Jeff on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Wow, Jason Downie. A little harsh, don’t you think? Do you know Akers story? Akers was nothing but clutch his entire career at PHI, then he came to SF, and set a record for kickers. Last year he set another record, and battled injuries, so yeah he wasn’t top notch. Now that he’s had plenty of time to rest up, and now that he’s playing indoors, he should be satisfactory. Maybe not fantastic, but good enough. Also, the Lions tried to sign DHB. It isn’t like they can force someone to sign. So relax a bit.

  7. By Mark urban on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Are you kidding, this is ridiculous, he’s 38 and on a downward spiral…

  8. By George on Apr 5, 2013 | Reply

    Look I’m not sure what to think of this signing. But what I do know is that WHATEVER they paid Akers they could have and should have given Hanson. Now I’ll eat those words if they paid DA league minimum but I highly doubt that. I know what yall did and its totally not cool!!

  9. By Jerry harty on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Horrible move,a superbowl team let him go?????

  10. By Bill on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Don’t push your panic “they’ve ruined the team” buttons. Akers is a veteran and if we’d have signed him after his record setting 2011 season you might feel differently. He was a bit off last year, but even Hanson had his moments too.

    what he gives us is the same experience but a bit stronger leg, you WILL notice that on kickoffs. Detroit may still look at kickers in the draft. They brought in young guys to challenge Jason most years and to see what was out there in case of injury. This is a smart move. We have a known commodity with the ability to look for the next kicker.

  11. By Oldcat on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hanson has a chronic heel injury that made him decide to retire. The club wanted to bring him back. He was willing to accept vet minimum, and the deal was all but done. As it stood there wasn’t a rush to finalize the contract…. until Jason decided to go ahead and retire. However, I agree that Akers wasn’t the right replacement.

  12. By Sanders on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Damn you chronic heel injuries!!!

  13. By Jim on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Now that Hanson is gone and we have Akers… we will win
    in Green Bay in 2013 mark my words ….go figure

  14. By Mike Barnett on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t understand some of you. Akers is a 6 time PRO BOWLER, who can kick 60 yard field goals what are you guys talking about? It was not about money, Hanson wanted to retire.

  15. By Ron on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    please make akers compete for the job bring in some rookie kickers after the NFL draft.

  16. By Dylan on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Your spelling of the word “Field” has me outraged.

  17. By Dylan on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    I for one love this signing. This is not a great year to draft a kicker. This draft will be weaker at kicker than recent years because there are not talented kickers such as the one Minnesota or St Louis added this past season. The lions are somewhat strapped for picks this year and would rather use them for positions of need. This is just a 2 year replacement until the time and talent is right to draft a kicker.

  18. By simms on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    We should let suh kick field goals, he’s not much better at anything else, except getting in the way trying to act all bad and all, Mr. tough guy after the whistle.

  19. By Andy on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    This doesn’t mean Akers will be the opening day kicker.

  20. By Hogfish on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    David Akers is a lousy kicker. Kicker that misses as many field goals as Akers and the Lions are considering him.
    Draft a kicker.
    Show some respect to the fans and to Jason Hanson.
    A person retires and you replace him with a bum.
    Draft a kicker.

  21. By Raymond on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    As a lions fan since 1957 Iam ok with one of the greatest kickers of all time retiring from our lions.21 years Jason will be missed.however Akers was a steal we will not miss a beat just the 4 will be hanging above with all the great lions of before. Jason Hanson thank you for 21years of wearing our colors .

  22. By Greg Cole on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    simms ur dumb

  23. By nighttrain1 on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Hanson wanted to retire, but I think his heel injury forced his decision. The Lions have always had good kickers and akers is a good kicker that happened to have a bad year. The Lions should draft another kicker just in case Akers slump continues into the pre-season.

  24. By elreydeleon on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Noooooooo!!!!!!!!! :(

  25. By nastynate on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    They need to draft the one of the best kickers in the draft so that this void is filled for years to come. I don’t care if they have to spend a 4th or 5th pick to do it, this has to be done. Caleb Sturgis from Florida and Dustin Hopkins from Florida State are both highly rated. Take one of them. Akers is a former pro bowler and who knows, he could possibly have a good year (unlikely) but he is 38, we need a long term solution. Special teams killed us last year and this is now a major team need.

  26. By Mike on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    they should of tried to sign that guy “kickilicious” the dude is an amazing kicker kicks 60+ yards with no problems… if you havent heard of him… youtube him.

  27. By Who cares on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    You guys are stupid. He was the best thing available. Way better than drafting. It was a smart move for the lions. They are thinking of WIN now.

  28. By Ryan Burdick on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    NO!!! This guy is no Jason Hanson. Akers is a horrible kicker. Just when I thought this off-season was going good, the Lions never fail to make a horrible move. There is a reason David Akers was unemployed. Come on Lions!

  29. By kenroger on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    He will lose us, at LEAST 2 games.

  30. By Aron on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Look, Akers is a one to two year gap fill at best. The Lions brought him in because they likely didn’t want to go into next season with a completely unknown commodity (drafted or undrafted FA kicker). This move allows them to draft a kicker either this year or next, or scour the available (younger) FAs for a diamond in the rough.

    My bet is they still draft a kicker, see what he has, develop him for a year or two if necessary with Akers providing the rock they can lean on in the meantime…. and thus Akers has fulfilled his purpose on the team.

  31. By ghost on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Guess we will have to see what happens. We have a few seasons to go before we are really a consistent playoff team. Of course success comes from the top down so maybe this is as good as it gets.

  32. By jimmyhat on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Akers career stats: 367/453 81%
    Hanson career stats: 495/601 82%

    take into account that Akers has always kicked outdoors in Philly, Washington, and San Francisco.

  33. By Don on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    I will Truly miss Jason Hanson!
    I remember Jason’s First year here, watching him practice at the Pontiac Silver dome outside. At that very time I looked at Jason and thought This Dude is Little.
    And also thought, that even though he was making all of his practice kicks that this dude wasn’t going to last very long.
    I could not be prouder than to be proven completely wrong by Jason Hanson.
    Through the years I have become one of his Biggest Fan’s, Not that I went out and got his jersey and Not that I signed up for the Jason Hanson Fan club or anything like that.
    It became a great respect for a Player – Kicker, Man that gave everything that he could to make sure that when he went to Make a Field Goal, Kick off, Punt and sometimes even a Tackle That he did it with all the Talent And conviction that he had. All way’s Shooting for the closest to perfection that he could draw out of his experience’s and talent that he starting collecting on that first Day of Lion’s Mini camp.
    Jason Hanson has been a blessing to this Team, to us Fans, and to the NFL.
    Not with just the way that he played the game, but also with the Way that he Carried himself thru all these years.
    They say that Kickers aren’t Football players? Jason Hanson is! and all way’s has been. And I hope that if Jason Hanson starts to get bored with life with retirement and decides to start looking for something to do, that he might give a thought of becoming a Special Teams coach. With the Lions of coarse.
    We will Miss you Jason Hanson and Thank you for everything.

    It was Truly a fun time Watching your career,

    Don and Family P.S. Yes the whole family will miss watching you on Sunday’s!
    Have fun with your family, and God Bless!

  34. By kidd on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    We need someone who can put the ball in the first row of seats on the kickoff. Sure Hanson was a great kicker, but he also give our spotty defense short field with his returnable kickoffs. (and our special teams was terrible) I think i would trade a few miss FGs for having teams start drives on the 20. Not sure if Akers is the answer, but he will help me not to close my eyes and cross my fingers on every kickoff!!!!

  35. By Jeremy on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    wow

  36. By Zaire on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    He was money in 2011 and now he will be in a dome. Money in the bank. Good signing til “whoever” they draft/sign is ready in couple years

  37. By Tom Riddell on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    why are signing this guy

    why draft a Kicker with late round pick 6 or 7th

    we drafted Hanson and Murray and they did okay of us

  38. By Eric Hanneman on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    David Akers should prepare to be the most hated man in Detroit. The first FG he misses, it’s going to be over!!

  39. By bam on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    Conroy Made 72% of his FG’s this year and 12% of his KO’s were TB’s
    So what makes you Sparty Fans think he is NFL Ready? Get real! Give the guy Akers a chance. He is a Vet had a bad year. So what! Name a Kicker who hasen’t.

  40. By sal garza on Apr 6, 2013 | Reply

    they should sign Dave Rayner i liked him when he replaced Jason Hanson when Jason was hurt

  41. By Eric on Apr 7, 2013 | Reply

    Bad move! If you watched this guy play last year, you could see that his confidence was shot. Confidence is imperative for a kicker! We relied on Hanson several times last season for kicks in clutch situations. Akers is going to disappoint, fans are going to hate this guy!

  42. By aren on Apr 7, 2013 | Reply

    Jason Hanson was a class act and will be greatly missed. But I think every one is overreacting to this signing. Just cause they signed Akers doesn’t mean they won’t draft anyone. They just wanted someone to compete with whoever the might bring in. It’s like how the Lions signed that punter from overseas somewhere, he probably isn’t going to be given the starting punting job without some competition first. I think the Lions will probably draft that guy Quinn Sharp who can punt and kick for competition and probably will beat out one of these guys.
    Also lets not forget Akers is a year removed from setting the record for most FGs made in a season. I know he was trash last year, you don’t need to tell me that, but age doesn’t really matter for kickers so I think we should give him a chance.

  43. By Jerry on Apr 8, 2013 | Reply

    They still need to draft a kicker or get an undrafted kicker. They didn’t really replace Hanson with Akers. Hanson was old and effective, Akers is just old…

  44. By ghost on Apr 9, 2013 | Reply

    Don that was the most eloquent post I’ve ever read on these blogs.

    this kicking thing is going to work out.

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