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49ers Sign K David Akers

Posted by Taylor Price on July 30, 2011 – 5:50 PM

The San Francisco 49ers announced on Saturday that they have signed K David Akers to a three-year deal.

Akers (5-10, 200) joins the 49ers after spending the last 12 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He has played in 189 games, connecting on 294 of 359 field goal attempts (81.9 percent) and 443 of 449 PATs (98.7 percent). A five-time Pro Bowler, Akers was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 2000s having tallied 1,169 points. He has recorded 291 field goals and 1,312 points since 2000, marking the highest total among NFL kickers during that time span. Akers has played in 19 postseason games, connecting on 31 of 38 field goal attempts and 41 or 42 PATs for 134 points. His 31 postseason field goals and 134 points each rank third in NFL history.

Akers, a four-time NFC Special Teams Player of the Month and seven-time NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honoree, is the Eagles all-time leader in regular season games played (188), points (1,323), field goals (294), 50-plus yard field goals (15) and PATs (441). His 19 postseason games played is also a team record.

Akers originally entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Atlanta Falcons in 1997. After being released by the Falcons, he spent time with the Carolina Panthers, and current 49ers assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Brad Seely who coached the Panthers special teams at the time. Akers signed with the Washington Redskins in 1998, where he played in one game and connected on two PATs. In 1999, Akers signed with Philadelphia and then-special teams coordinator John Harbaugh.

Akers, a 36-year old native of Lexington, KY, starred collegiately at Louisville, finishing second in school history with 219 points, including a school-record 36 field goals.


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26 Responses to “49ers Sign K David Akers”

  1. By Shayne on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Wow we signed a pro bowl player… umm i mean kicker. Now since we got rid of our whole defense can we sign some key free agents to fill those voids… CB.. S… LB.. DT.. on offense we need A QUALITY/SAFE WR..

  2. By chango19 on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    hmm thought letting go of nedney was odd… but hey akers i will take any day!

  3. By L.A.49er on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Now get Burress… Anybody agree? disagree? I think it would be a pretty big target to throw to..

  4. By joe weidner on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Can we Please sign some good players??????? or are we gona wait untill there all gone????????? Were not even going to keep up with the Rams! or seattle!!!WTF!!!!!! another bad season with the 49ers!!! we drop nate and then we dont pick up the cb from okland???? spend some money jed york

  5. By FM on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Don’t we need to spend 90% of the cap? Wheres all the money going to, 3rd stringers and special team players?

  6. By sam on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    Jed York needs to grow some balls and make a move!

  7. By mike on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    I would rather have al davis as a owner. he always puts out the money. York 2 @ Alex need 2 go, so we dont have 2 put them brown bags on are heads like the lions had 2 do. Please lets get some help with a few good free agents. lets go get QB Ortin and a WR like EDWARDS 2 help out.

  8. By will from the city on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    To Joe weidner and mike. It’s the first 3 days of camp, have patience. Big name doesn’t mean big results. Give the team time to choose the players they need, not one that doesn’t fit the system. Remember, Walsh didn’t necessarily get the big name, just the big producer in his system.

  9. By Joe on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    A kicker FA is the MOST significant player the niners have signed, YOU HAVE TO BE KIDDING ME! COME ON!

    TO THE OWNERS OF THE 49ERS “PLEASE SELL THE TEAM TO AN OWNER WHO WANTS TO WIN, I KNOW YOU DO NOT CARE FOR EDDIES TEAM, BUT THIS APATHY NEEDS TO END!

  10. By angel ryu on Jul 30, 2011 | Reply

    i agree joe.. akers is a ok kicker but it seems like the yors need to sell the team

  11. By JOHN on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    SO CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME HOW MUCH WE’RE UNDER THE SALARY CAP?

  12. By clarence marsh on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    i like david akers, get randy moss.

  13. By Amanda Champagne on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    If you don’t want Akers I’ll glady have him back on my EAGLES. So sad to see him go! Treat him right people….he wins games with his foot when your O & D forget to show up!

  14. By billnation01 on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    we need to give a deep lookout for Plaxico Burress that guy is a game changer 49ers all day

  15. By Robbie on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Did David Akers miss two field goals against the Packers in the playoffs? Soo how is this a good signing?

  16. By KDB on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    20 Million under the cap.

    Also-Akers-GREAT pickup.

  17. By Jason on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Randy Moss no thank you we already had a player who didn’t like to practice and loved flapping his Gums pretty hard. Do you not remember the T. O years. I would like to see both Jed and John York spend the Money to bring in decent players like Asomugh is and yes i would have liked to see him in 49ers colors. i also agree that resigning Alex Smith was a mistake, we need a good QB and that’s not Alex, Troy did well last season. Releasing David Carr was a smart idea. I also agree that Jed and John York both have a certain disdain for Eddie’s team, it was Eddie’s team that won us our Superbowls in the 80s and early 90

  18. By hamad on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    ok i know harbaugh is a great coach and i hope he can win with this bum team we are putting together. hopefully he can make these young guys winners and turn nobodys into somebodys. getting rid of nate was great move to save money. we need to go and sign antonio cromartie and braylon edwards so we can help our defense and offense. pick up terrell pryor to have some more competion with the qbs. throw some money to frank gore he makes our team so much better. if we lose him this season we have no rbs to carry that role. i like this move for akers but come on now is that going to be our only signing thats seems legit. olin kreutz will help our o line. braylon will help our wideouts maybe someone like randy can spark our offense because he wants to prove he is great i can see him revive in san fransisco. nick barnett after the loss of takeo. 49ers faithful should be happy with whoever we get that wants to win not just a big name. coach harbaugh turn these guys into winners dont just make a bum team to ensure that you get andrew luck next year because that what it looks like its leading to.

  19. By Scotty on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Honestly this was a good pick up as far as a kicker go’s, but i mean come on now this is the only splash we’ve made in free agency. The Seahawks and Cards are leaving us in the dust, both teams have already made moves to improve their teams except us. Seahawks pick up Tavaris Jackson and Sidney Rice from the vikings, already a head start because they’ve had previous experience with eachother in Minnesota. Cards add Kolb and Heap to theyre line up, theyre slowly picking up steam…and i dont even half to mention the Rams, as of right now they’re way ahead of us in terms of weapons. After not signing Asomugha, i would have thought we would of made more of a push for Cromartie were not even being mentioned, the Raiders are even persuing him wth? And now Crabtree is gonna be out for maybe 6 weeks!! we need a Reciever to replace him till he heals up. Not to mention our C situation is looking dire. We gotta start making some moves now so we could even compete in our division…LETS GO NINERS!!

  20. By Rob on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Shouldnt “Faithfull” work both ways?

  21. By Big D on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    No decent free agency pickups yet. San Francisco must be shooting for last place and # 1 pick in the draft. Hello Andrew Luck!!!

  22. By 49ER FAITHFUL on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    WE NEED NEW OWNER FOR OUR TEAM I AGREE WE ARENT SIGNING ANYONE AND ALEX SMITH HAD 6 YEARS HES NOT GONA TAKE US ANYWHERE BUT HOME WATCHING THE SUPERBOWLLL OUR OWNER JED YOEK NEEDS TO GER EDDIE BACK AS OWNER AND SIGN PLAYERS WE HAVENT DONE ANYTHING IN FREE AGENTS DIDNT GO AFTER ANYONE WE CANT WIN IF WE DONT GET FREE AGENTS THAT ARE OUT THERE WE MISSED OUT OAKLAND CB WE COULD HAVE GOTTEN COLB WE NEED NEW OWNERSHIP TIRED LOSSSING SEASON OUR NEW COACH CANT DO IT ALONE HE NEEDS GOOD PLAYERS TO MAKE THE RUN THE FOR SUPERBOWL IN DECEMBER WE WILL BE HOME AGAIN WATCHING SUPERBOWL ANOTHER TEAM WIN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WANT NEW OWNERSHIP EDDIE D

  23. By chauncey goodloe on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    First of all we know we need some key players in some offense n defense positions and I feel the team from last year can make a difference this year with the right coach harbough.It would be asking to much for them to do the unthinkable without any real talent cause you have to have confidence with player’s that you feel can make a difference on both sides of the ball!Yea we need the touch of our old owner to put us back at the top like the 80’s n 90’s.

  24. By robertc on Jul 31, 2011 | Reply

    Is the CEO of oracle still interested in buying the team? Please sell the team to some one who gives a crap!!!!

  25. By PETERD on Aug 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hey 49’er faithful guy: Eddie D isprohibited from ownership in jhe NFL due to illegal acts he commited around bribery and gambling. So get real. Also, he (and Carmen) were operating in a different era: NO SALARY CAP!.

  26. By Rcoxone on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t know what you all are freakin out about. I am satisfied with the choices we made this year. Yes, we lost out on some big name players, but real fans should know that big players can tank and lil no namerscan explode. I will always stand behind my Niners no matter who they are. If the wear that gold helmet they are ok with me. So all of you that are crying, Shut up, grow up and support your team.

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