When the Eagles drafted Nebraska kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round, they pretty much guaranteed that David Akers will not return to the Eagles in 2011.
Plus Akers hasn’t signed his transition tag, and he has pretty much stated that he doesn’t expect to return to the team next season.
However, he is a six-time Pro Bowler and even at age 36, has shown no signs of declining. He is one of the best kickers in the league and will immediately be pursued by half the teams in the league when the lockout ends.
A possible team for Akers in 2011 is the Dallas Cowboys.
Because for starters, it seems like a lot of the good players who leave the Eagles go to the NFC East. Terrell Owens in 2006 (Cowboys) is the prime example. Donovan McNabb (2010 Redskins) and Shawn Andrews (2010 Giants) are other examples.
The Cowboys also need a kicker. David Buehler, their current kicker, has one of the strongest legs in the NFL. But he missed eight field goals and two extra points last season. Five of the ten kicks were below 40 yards.
Because the Cowboys will likely be a contending team in 2011, they’re going to want an experienced veteran as their kicker.
Who better to sign than David Akers?
I’m not saying I necessarily think it’s going to happen. But I do think his likelihood of going to the Cowboys is pretty high. Unfortunately.