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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