David Akers has been released by the San Francisco 49ers after a rough season and Super Bowl appearance. Akers had a tough year with the 49ers, hitting on just 29 of his 44 field goal attempts and making his lowest percentage since 1999. According to a report from ESPN on Wednesday (March 6), it was his age that may have played into the decision to go in a different direction.
Akers is now 38 years old, which makes him one of the older kickers in the league. This is one of the few positions where players can hang on for a long time, though, so he could probably end up with another team through free agency. As for the 49ers, the plan here could be to use one of the fifteen picks that the team has in the 2013 NFL Draft to go after a rookie kicker.
The release of David Akers removes a good fantasy football option at the kicker position. He set the record for longest field goal in NFL history (63 yards) this past season and still has a leg that can hit from 50 or more yards pretty frequently. It was his accuracy that the San Francisco 49ers ended up displeased about, but another franchise might be willing to give him another shot.
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