Found April 05, 2013 on FF Locker Room:
The Detroit Lions have signed 38-year-old veteran place kicker David Akers to replace the recently retired Jason Hanson. Akers was made a free agent when the San Francisco 49ers waived him earlier in the offseason to save on his contract after nailing only 69% of his field goal attempts in 2012. Akers, who has played for the 49ers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles has been suffering from a sports hernia since early 2012. In fact it is a double-hernia. Akers struggles could be blamed on the injury, as the location of the medical issue would affect not only the power produced to kick the football but also be a cause for Akers to over-compensate and drive the ball in a misdirection. His days as a PK1 looked to be numbered, but the signing with the Lions has changed things. Akers will now be kicking for a team that not only plays half of their games in a dome, but Detroit is also a high-powered offense. His scoring opportunities will be plenty. While kickers are not recommend...
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