David Akers still not thrilled by transition tag
David Akers is reiterating that he’s not real happy the Philadelphia Eagles have placed the transition tag on him.
The kicker was set to become a free agent for the first time in his 12-year career, and he was interested in seeing what was out there. One of the reasons why is some poor investments have wiped out much of the savings he had for his family.
As he team has explained it, it’s because of the 30 percent rule. The Eagles couldn’t give him the kind of contract he deserves because of the current rules in place.
“You play 12 years and you finally get a chance to get to free agency and you kind of want to see what happens, so I don't know," Akers said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. “I'm going to do what is best for my family, and I don't know what that is. Who knows what is going to happen? Until the CBA gets signed, we don't know what is going to happen so we're going to take it day by day. Hopefully the union and the owners can work something out. Obviously, we want to play.
"I would have liked to work out something before now. I really think that would have been nice. The Eagles have been so great to me over the 12 years. They are looking at things as a business and that's just part of it. I don't hold anything against them at all."
The transition tag would likely pay Akers about $3 million for 2011. Given his age -- 36-- it’s difficult to imagine he’d get a huge deal in free agency even after such a fine 2010 season that sent him to the Pro Bowl.
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