There’s been plenty of San Francisco 49ers rumors heating up lately regarding the chances of the team parting ways with kicker David Akers–who joined the team prior to the 2011 season following his release from the Philadelphia Eagles. As of now, all signs point to the 49ers parting ways with the kicker and with the way things turned out in 2012–it really shouldn’t come as a surprise Akers may need to find a new home for the 2013 season.
For a kicker that could go down as one of the greatest of all time when he does decide on calling it a career, it was surprising to see Akers connect on just 69 percent (29 of 42) of his field goals last season–the worst of his career. During his glory days with the Eagles, Akers was always considered one of the most reliable kickers in the game and if last season is any indication of what’s in store for his future–the kicker’s career may be closer to an end sooner than he thinks.
Of course, there’s a good chance one team will take a chance on Akers next season considering how often teams are in need of a kicker throughout the regular season. Unfortunately, San Francisco may have been Akers best chance at earning a Super Bowl considering they’re expected to be one of the top teams in the NFC once again in 2013.
As much as Akers doesn’t want to hear this, it wouldn’t be a surprise if it took until training camp before teams started to express interest in the potential Hall of Fame kicker.
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