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David Akers leaves Detroit without a deal

Jason Hanson AP

The Lions continue to play the waiting game at kicker.

Unable to get a deal done with long-time Lion Jason Hanson, they brought David Akers in for a visit this week.

According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Akers left town without a deal, leaving the door open for the incumbent to return.

To be honest, the Akers visit seemed like posturing all along. Hanson said if he was going to play again, he only wanted to play for the Lions. Then he said he wanted to play. Then talks broke off when he didn’t get an “acceptable” offer.

So the natural next step in the negotiation was for the team to add a little heat, and that’s what Akers represented.

We should find out soon enough whether Hanson intends to keep his word, or whether the definition of acceptable changes.

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11 Responses to “David Akers leaves Detroit without a deal”
  1. mjkelly77 says: Apr 3, 2013 4:29 PM

    This was all merely posturing by the Lions in order to get Hanson a little anxious. Hanson is on record for saying that if he doesn’ play for the Lions, he’ll retire. Well Jason, it’s time to sign on the dotted line.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 3, 2013 4:35 PM

    That was scary.

  3. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 3, 2013 4:41 PM

    Dont want a 49er anyway.

  4. kh221 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    Maybe they’ll bring Billy Cundiff in to really turn up the heat.

  5. themagicman1223 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:04 PM

    Thank god for you Detroit fans, I thought you were having a great offseason and signing Akers would’ve just ruined that.

  6. briang123 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:17 PM

    Glad to see the Lions are considering a youth movement at kicker.

  7. freebird2011 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:19 PM

    Of course, the Lions could go the “Blair Walsh route” and draft a new PK in Round 6. It worked very well for the Vikings.

  8. thejohnsmith1122 says: Apr 3, 2013 5:37 PM

    Uhhh..maybe if he didn’t say he wanted to play for the Lions ONLY then he might have gotten a better deal.

    The agent probably slapped his forehead as soon as Hanson said it.

  9. seaeagle707 says: Apr 3, 2013 6:43 PM

    Why not talk to Steven Hauschka, while you’re at it? He’s really great from the 25-yard line. 35-yard line? Ennnnnnnn (waggles hand.) Hey c’mon, you’ve got at least a mil lying around, don’t be cheap! Wonder why SF doesn’t need Akers? He kicked really well to Red Bryant and Richard Sherman, last year.

  10. ghouchens says: Apr 4, 2013 12:08 AM

    Jason Hanson has been a reliable top class kicker for the Lions for more years than I can remember. For over a decade he was one of the major scorers for the team. He never complained, he often gave up his body to tackle runners who got by the miserable kick return defense, and even now can outperform most NFL kickers.

    Jason Hanson doesn’t deserve to be treated this way by the Lions. Give the man what he is worth.

  11. farvite says: Apr 4, 2013 1:05 AM

    Somewhere, Mason Crosby smiles….

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