Akers got same deal Lions offered to Hanson

Veteran kicker signed to minimum salary benefit contract Brad Biggs

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When the Detroit Lions moved on from Jason Hanson they replaced him with the same salary slot the veteran had been offered.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, David Akers received the same veteran minimum deal the team had on the table for Hanson, who kicked for the franchise for the previous 21 seasons.

Akers received a $65,000 signing bonus and a minimum base salary of $940,000, meaning his salary cap charge for this season will be only $620,000 on a minimum salary benefit deal. Hanson, 42, announced his retirement last week and the club held a ceremony on Tuesday. Akers, 38, is only four years his junior.

“Another solid veteran, a guy with a lot of experience and playoff experience,” Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew said, per the report. “He’s been kicking outdoors his whole career, we think he’ll get a boost from kicking inside so I think he’ll be a good player for us.”

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