49ers part ways with kicker David Akers
David Akers was scheduled to make $3 million in 2013, but the San Francisco 49ers had no intentions of paying him that kind of money after he made only 69 percent (29 of 44) of his field-goal attempts last season and sent a kick off the upright in the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons.
"The 49ers would like to thank David for his service, dedication and leadership over the past two years," San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke announced the move in statement Wednesday. "He is a true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. We wish him, and his family, all the best."
The San Francisco 49ers could have easily gone with Billy Cundiff, during the postseason, after he was signed on Jan. 1 to compete against David Akers. But Billy Cundiff failed to beat out 13-year veteran David Akers prior to his Jan. 12 playoff opener against the Green Bay Packers, and was hence waived on Jan. 18.
The freed cap space can come in handy during the free agency when the San Francisco 49ers will have the opportunity next week to shift through a variety of potential free agents kickers such as Jason Hanson, Lawrence Tynes, Rob Bironas, Phil Dawson and Mike Nugent.
Although the San Francisco 49ers could also explore the draft for a replacement, with 15 picks to enter the draft, they aren’t expected to make any bold unprecedented moves. The last time the San Francisco 49ers drafted a kicker was in 2002, when they picked Jeff Chandler in fourth-round.
The 38-year-old David Akers has a mean left leg, as he showcased on way to an NFL record-tying 63-yard field goal in the San Francisco 49ers’ season opener win against the Green Bay Packers in September. But David Akers’ accuracy turned out to be his downfall last season. David Akers missed at least one field goal in seven of the final nine regular season games while dealing with persisting issues from double hernia surgery.
However, David Akers reclaimed some success with three field goals in the Super Bowl.