Agent: Lions agree to terms with K David Akers

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013
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DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Lions didn't have to look long for a new kicker.

Detroit added four-time All-Pro David Akers, one day after Jason Hanson retired.

Akers' agent, Jerrold Colton, confirmed Friday that he and the Lions agreed to terms. Colton declined to give details when asked if Akers got a one-year contract.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to play for the Lions' organization," Akers told The Associated Press. "I'm not trying nor would I be able to fill the likes of Jason's shoes. He is and will always be a legend as far as I'm concerned. That being said, it will be an honor to attempt to follow in his footsteps. It will be great to be near my extended family as we strive to for a championship."

Akers' wife's family is originally from the Detroit area.

Hanson hung up his cleats Thursday, ending his 21-year, record-breaking career with the Lions.

San Francisco released Akers a month ago after he slumped during the 2012 season. The six-time Pro Bowl kicker made 73 of 94 field goals over two seasons for the 49ers. His 297 points over the past two seasons led the league.

He underwent double hernia surgery in February 2012 then aggravated the area during the season when he slipped on the field during practice. Akers told The Associated Press in March that he was feeling well after having a surgical procedure last week.

Akers has made 367 of 453 field goals in his career with Washington, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

He set NFL records in 2011 with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted. Akers also tied the league mark for the longest made when he made a 63-yard kick in the season-opening win at Green Bay last year, bouncing the ball off the crossbar and through the upright.

Akers, though, made just 29 of 44 attempts last season for his lowest percentage since 1999 when he made three of six kicks in his first season in Philadelphia. His poor performance for the 49ers included two potential game-winning kicks in separate overtime games against the St. Louis Rams, leading to a tie and a loss.

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