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Lions won’t re-sign David Akers

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The Lions will have a new kicker in 2014.

G.M. Martin Mayhew said Friday morning that the club would not re-sign David Akers, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com and other club beat writers reported.

Akers, 39, connected on 19-of-24 field goals in 2013. He forced seven touchbacks on 14 kickoffs.

The Lions signed kickers John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio to reserve/future contracts at season’s end.

Akers isn’t the only prospective free agent whom the Lions will not bring back. Mayhew also indicated the club would not re-sign defensive lineman Israel Idonije, safety John Wendling, linebacker Rocky McIntosh and offensive lineman Dylan Gandy, MLive.com reported. Wendling and McIntosh were both key special teams players for Detroit in 2013, with Gandy and Idonije filling reserve roles.

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11 Responses to “Lions won’t re-sign David Akers”
  1. big64d says: Feb 21, 2014 9:38 AM

    David Akers is a choke artist. They would have been better off with Kickalicious!

  2. schetm says: Feb 21, 2014 9:42 AM

    How is this possible? I thought it was the law that the Lions must employ a placekicker over the age of 35!

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 21, 2014 9:45 AM

    There’s still a lot more players other than the guys listed here and the recent cuts that will no longer be with the team next year. That’s a large number of wasted bodies that they went all-in with for a sub .500 season last year. Just more of the same, getting stuck in no-man’s land not knowing where to invest their chips or when. It’s disgusting.

  4. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Feb 21, 2014 10:11 AM

    Good

  5. steves11 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:29 AM

    Akers had a nice career, but its time to put him out to pasture. It happens to the best of them.

  6. rbell2123 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:29 AM

    Good now he can spend more time with his great grandkids

  7. adolfoliverbush says: Feb 21, 2014 10:30 AM

    That’s a relief. I never felt very confident when the Lions were lining up for a FG last year

  8. bennyb82 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:33 AM

    19 of 24 is way better than I thought he was but some of the kicks he did miss were big…and towards the end of the season they were reluctant to even send him out there at times. I still think Garrett Hartley could be a good pickup…look at how Mason Crosby bounced back.

  9. tjacks7 says: Feb 21, 2014 11:03 AM

    This guy lost it his last season with the eagles. Couldn’t kick a ball into the ocean if his toes were wet. Had a nice run before that though.

  10. djshnooks says: Feb 21, 2014 3:21 PM

    If Carpenter leaves Buffalo, Crossman probably brings this bum to Buffalo.

    I wish Crossman would leave Buffalo.

    (John Wendling probably returns as the special teams ace they are looking for.)

  11. lionsgonewild says: Feb 27, 2014 5:37 PM

    Lions are softer than a kitten.

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