The Detroit Lions have signed 38-year-old veteran place kicker David Akers to replace the recently retired Jason Hanson. Akers was made a free agent when the San Francisco 49ers waived him earlier in the offseason to save on his contract after nailing only 69% of his field goal attempts in 2012.
Akers, who has played for the 49ers, Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles has been suffering from a sports hernia since early 2012. In fact it is a double-hernia.
Akers struggles could be blamed on the injury, as the location of the medical issue would affect not only the power produced to kick the football but also be a cause for Akers to over-compensate and drive the ball in a misdirection. His days as a PK1 looked to be numbered, but the signing with the Lions has changed things.
Akers will now be kicking for a team that not only plays half of their games in a dome, but Detroit is also a high-powered offense. His scoring opportunities will be plenty.
While kickers are not recommended until the very latter part of any fantasy football draft, his value still should bounce back to PK1 status. Draft him after the top place kickers are off of the board.