David Akers does not plan to retire despite being released by the San Francisco 49ers. Once ne of the NFL’s premier kickers, Akers was shaky at-best last season but the 49ers waited until after the season to cut ties with him.
Due $3 million in base salary the 49ers were not going to pay a kicker who made just 69% of his attempts last season.
“The 49ers would like to thank David for his service, dedication and leadership over the past two years,” 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said in the press release announcing the move. “He is a true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. We wish him, and his family, all the best.”
Akers is not planning to retire according to his agent Jerrold Colton, via USA Today.
According to Colton, Akers had another “minor surgical procedure” within the last month to further address the lingering hernia issue that plagued him throughout 2012.