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Lions, David Akers agree to deal

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02:03 PM ET 04.06 | The Detroit Lions have signed former San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles kicker David Akers, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. The move comes one day after Jason Hanson, the Lions' former kicker, announced his retirement. It's a big change for Detroit, given that Hanson was with the Lions for 21 seasons, since the team drafted him in the second round of the 1992 NFL Draft. He's been one of the most consistent kickers in NFL history, and the switch to Akers could be jarring, depending on which Akers shows up In 2011, Akers broke several franchise and NFL records with the San Francisco 49ers. He set the record for most field goals made and most points made by a kicker in a single season. Going into 2012, he was the unquestioned starter. After what was arguably his best career year in 2011, Akers fell flat with what was definitely his worst. He converted on just 69 percent of his field goal attempts in 2012 and that put him among the bottom kickers in the league. He was released by the 49ers this offseason, and they have since replaced him with Phil Dawson, considered the top kicker on the market.

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April 6, 2013  03:41 PM ET

They are REALLY gonna miss Jason Hanson when they get a load of this guy...

April 6, 2013  06:22 PM ET

Kickers are so fickle. Who knows what he'll do this year. At least half the games will be indoors...

April 6, 2013  08:38 PM ET
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They are REALLY gonna miss Jason Hanson when they get a load of this guy...

Welcome to the NFC North, Mr. Akers.

April 7, 2013  12:04 AM ET

Wide right.... by an Aker.

 
April 7, 2013  11:10 AM ET

Akers will be help this year by kicking indoors in 8 home games and one game in Minnesota.

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