Looks like Eagles have given the boot to David Akers
The Philadelphia Eagles placed the transition tag on David Akers before the lockout began but the kicker declined to sign it.
Now, it appears the likable veteran is getting the boot from the Eagles. Philadelphia drafted Nebraska kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round on Saturday and it’s highly unlikely the team is crafting plans to keep two kickers on the 53-man roster.
That means Akers is at the end of the line in Philadelphia after being a Pro Bowl performer last season. Of course, some remember the missed kicks he had in a wild-card round game against the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.
“He looks at things in a big-picture type of way,” Akers’ agent Jerrold Colton told Geoff Mosher of the Wilmington News Journal. “He wants to see where he ends up next."
The 36-year-old Akers was hoping for a multi-year extension from the Eagles. He lost much of his savings in an investment scam. Eagles coach Andy Reid said Henery was “hard to pass up” in the draft. It’s unusual for kickers to be drafted but the team is clearly looking up to move on from Akers, the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and a five-time Pro Bowl selection.
“At all times David's desire was to remain an Eagle,” Colton said. “But if (Henery’s selection) means that he's not an Eagle, he's OK with it and appreciative of his time there.”
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