According to numerous reports, San Francisco 49ers kicker David Akers will be released before the free-agency period starts on March 12. The news should come as no surprise, as Akers struggled throughout the 2012 season capped off by missing a league-high 15 field goals. As the season wore on, news came out that he had undergone surgery for a double sports hernia in February, and was dealing with complications all season long. However, despite the injury, the 49ers fan base took a holds no prisoners attitude when it came to Akers’ poor play.
The Forever Faithful became increasingly frustrated with Akers inconsistency, especially fans sitting in lower box sections 12 and 14. As a number of fans would yell at him during home games, as one fan screamed, “Akers I didn’t know you played for the other team!” As if that was not bad enough, some fans took it too far by sending Akers death threats through his twitter account, an account Akers would later deactivate. Akers struggles continued into the playoffs as he missed another field-goal in the NFC Championship game against the Atlanta Falcons. It became apparent from that point on, that the 49ers would not be able to count on Akers, if they were to win Super Bowl XLVII.
With the release of Akers, the 49ers will surely be looking for his viable replacement but the question is who? Jay Feely or Neil Rackers may be in the early running but that still remains to be seen. Now that Akers is gone, do not be surprised if 49ers General Manager Trent Baalke selects a kicker at some point during this year’s draft, as they are loaded with 15 picks.