Niners sign former Eagles PK Akers

Posted July 28, 2011 @ 8:53 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

The 49ers have signed PK David Akers, who previously spent all but one game of his 13-year career in Philadelphia with the Eagles.

Akers, 36, had been given the transition tag this offseason, but the team rescinded the tag on Monday. They drafted Nebraska PK Alex Henery in Round Four, and he is expected to take over for the Eagles' all-time leading scorer — by a mile — with 1,323 points.

The five-time Pro Bowler's final game in Philadelphia, however, was quite forgettable. Akers missed two of his three FG attempts in the six-point playoff loss to the Packers. It later was revealed that Akers found out before the game that his daughter had a malignant tumor, perhaps causing his distraction.

That said, Akers was coming off a fine regular season, making 32-of-38 FG attempts with a long make of 50 yards. He also should benefit from the new kickoff rules moving the ball from the 30-yard line to the 35, considering Akers had a career-high 23 touchbacks a year ago before the five-yard benefit was in place.

The 49ers used three kickers last season — Joe Nedney, Jeff Reed and Shane Andrus — who made a combined 22-of-27 FG attempts, including 2-of-3 from beyond 50 yards.

The way we see it

Akers' days in Philly were numbered, so his departure isn't a surprise, even though Henery will have a very tough act to follow. The move is a little surprising for the Niners, even with the revolving door at kicker last season. Akers will turn 37 in December