The San Francisco 49ers announced today the release of K David Akers. The news comes as no surprise as he was due well over $3 million this year. The 49ers GM Trent Baalke released a statement saying:
The 49ers would like to thank David for his service, dedication and leadership over the past two years. He is a true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. We wish him, and his family, all the best.
In two season with the 49ers, Akers started 32 games and connected on 73 of 94 field-goal attempts while making all 78 of his PATS. Furthermore, Akers set a 49ers franchise-record for most consecutive field-goals made with 32. In 2011, Akers played like a man possessed setting NFL records for field-goals made (44) and attempts (52). However, the 2012 season proved to be a bad one as Akers led the league in missed field-goals while only connecting on 69% of his attempts.
With Akers now officially out of the picture, who will the 49ers target? I think it’s safe to say they will use one of their 15 draft picks on a kicker. Some kickers that come to mind are Dustin Hopkins (Florida State), Caleb Sturgis (Florida), and Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State).