The Detroit Lions were faced with replacing long-time kicker Jason Hanson who decided to retire after 21 seasons in the NFL. Hanson had a stellar career with the Lions and the team reached out to yet another veteran kicker to take his place on the roster, but the move is not without controversy.
On Friday, the Lions agreed to a deal with veteran free agent kicker David Akers. Akers kicked for the San Francisco 49ers last season but after a stellar 2011 season, Akers struggled nearly all season while converting just 69 percent of his kicks. As the playoffs approached, the Niners brought in Billy Cundiff to compete with Akers.
At the start of free agency, San Francisco decided to move forward at the kicker position and agreed to a deal with former Cleveland browns kicker Phil Dawson.
Hanson announced his decision to retire on Thursday citing wear and tear on his body after 21 seasons in the league. Hanson holds the record of 52 field goals over 50 yards, he finishes his career ranked third on the all-time list of scoring with 2,150 and he becomes the first player in the NFL to score over 2,000 points for one team.
Just because Akers is on the roster for the Lions currently does not mean that he will be the kicker for Detroit at the start of the regular season. If he is not able to recover from his pelvis injury which plagued him the entire season, look for the Lions to look elsewhere.