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Eagles rescind David Akers’ transition tag

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We noted in our Philadelphia Eagles checklist that the first thing the team needed to do when the lockout ended was rescind David Akers‘ transition tag. Now that’s exactly what the Eagles have done.

The NFL confirmed today that Akers is an unrestricted free agent and not a transition player.

The Akers put the transition tag on Akers in February but then selected kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round of the NFL draft, making it clear that Akers wasn’t in their long-term plans. A story on the Eagles’ web site notes that the Eagles couldn’t keep the transition tag on Akers anyway because the new CBA doesn’t allow teams to use both the transition tag and the franchise tag, and the Eagles franchised Michael Vick.

Now Akers, a five-time Pro Bowler who has been with the Eagles since 1999, will look for work elsewhere.

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22 Responses to “Eagles rescind David Akers’ transition tag”
  1. fonetiklee says: Jul 25, 2011 8:20 PM

    Everybody saw this coming as soon as they drafted Henery. He’s a good guy, I hope he has success elsewhere (unless he stays in the NFC East.)

  2. hobartbaker says: Jul 25, 2011 8:20 PM

    Akers and Maynard, kicked to the curb.

  3. yelix says: Jul 25, 2011 8:22 PM

    Dude missed too many important (and not that long) kicks recently. Henery is one of the most accurate kickers I’ve ever seen. The only reason I know is because I live with Nebraska fans.

  4. mdnittlion says: Jul 25, 2011 8:23 PM

    I thank him for his efforts for the team and I’m sorry, about his sick child, but he did blow a playoff game. Th NFL is the ultimate perform based job and he didn’t perform when the team needed it most. Good Luck

  5. steelersf123 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:24 PM


  6. seabreezes51 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:26 PM

    He’s a good kicker, probably has some tread on the tires too. He will do well somewhere else, but it is time for the Eagles to move on.

  7. mad5555 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:44 PM

    Why does this move feel like the brian dawkins move? I hope henery is better than demps and macho harris

  8. sdffa11 says: Jul 25, 2011 8:47 PM

    fans always remembers the ones you miss, never the hundreds you make.

    good, underrated player but definitely time to move on. please do not go to other nfc east teams.

  9. neilanblomi says: Jul 25, 2011 8:48 PM

    Its popular to bash Akers based on the playoff game, but in reality he had one of his best seasons last year(and was all pro). Some teams kicking game will instantly improve by signing him. The eagles are letting him go over money and for no other reason.

  10. terrellblowens says: Jul 25, 2011 8:54 PM

    When your kicker who is normally great starts costing you games in the playoffs like Arizona a few years ago and the Packers this year, it’s time to explore other options.

    I love David Akers but the Eagles are in a new era. He’s one of the last pieces of one of the best periods in Eagles history, but it’s clear that the Eagles aren’t going to dwell on the past as they move ahead. I wish Akers luck with his career and his daughter’s health, and hope he doesn’t sign with an NFC East team haha. He will be remembered as an all-time Eagles great kicker and I hope Henery can accomplish even half of what Akers did

  11. merc3375 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:06 PM

    Akers will be sorely missed. Just because Henery was great in college doesn’t mean he’ll perform at the same level in the NFL. Here’s hoping for the best.

  12. deenice810 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:30 PM

    The Eagles will regret this move. Going with a rookie kicker is usually a big gamble. I’m sure Akers will be successful where ever he goes. Class act.

  13. tebowsgonnagitya says: Jul 25, 2011 10:01 PM

    The Akers put the transition tag on Akers in February but then selected kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round of the NFL draft, making it clear that Akers wasn’t in their long-term plans.

  14. edhochuli says: Jul 25, 2011 10:15 PM

    Welcome to Dallas, my friend. Goodbye, David “can’t hit the side of a barn” Buehler.

  15. tinopuno says: Jul 25, 2011 10:24 PM

    neilanblomi says: Jul 25, 2011 8:48 PM

    The eagles are letting him go over money and for no other reason.



    What an ingenious screen name you’ve created. I’m sure it just kills with the Jr High crowd.

    As far as your brilliant insight into Eagles’ personnel strategy, I can only say neilanblomi.

  16. opiedamus says: Jul 25, 2011 10:30 PM

    This has to do with the Eagles planning on their being no “Transition Tag” as opposed to their faith in Mr. Akers. Very smart on their part to hedge their bets and not put all their eggs into one basket.

    Nothing more, nothing less. I do find it amusing that Mr. mds is trying to take credit on behalf of the site, though. To think that you “predicted” this is like saying “I told you the sun was going to shine again” after a huge rain storm came through town….

  17. oldbyrd says: Jul 25, 2011 10:35 PM

    David wears a white hat, a true gentleman. I know that all The Eagle Fans wish him and his family well.

  18. neilanblomi says: Jul 26, 2011 12:11 AM

    tinopuno where is your insight? You offered nothing but nonsense in reply to a valid post.

    If it wasn’t about the money how come they offered him a 3 year contract extension last season? Only after he refused to be lowballed did the tag him and then draft a cheaper replacement. It was only time for the eagles to move on after they couldn’t sign Akers at their discounted rate.

  19. jh500 says: Jul 26, 2011 1:25 AM

    Good. This guy cost the eagles their game against the Packers.

  20. txhc says: Jul 26, 2011 3:15 AM

    Dallas, please. It’d be nice to have a kicker that can kick straight.

  21. DonRSD says: Jul 26, 2011 9:38 AM

    ive been waiting for this day…….LET THE GIANTS SIGN HIM.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  22. pacash80 says: Jul 27, 2011 4:54 AM

    Good luck, David. Wherever you go.

    Green Acres is the place to be…

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