PHILADELPHIA PA - JANUARY 09: David Akers #2 of the Philadelphia Eagles misses a field goal attempt in the fourth quarter during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9 2011 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Eagles beat writer Jonathan Tamari announced a few minutes ago that the San Francisco 49ers have agreed to terms with free agent kicker David Akers. We may not have Nnamdi, but we do have the man my friend calls The Captain! This will have to satisfy the frenzied masses for now.
Joe Nedney has been handling kicking duties for the 49ers for six seasons now but has dealt with injuries recently that have cost him some playing time. After three straight seasons of 16 games played, Nedney played in 14 games in 2009 and 9 games in 2010. When healthy Nedney has been absolutely money inside the 40 but has struggled on kickoffs. The new kickoff rule would benefit him but the 49ers decided to part ways with a guy who I think qualified as a fan favorite for moments like this.
Akers has not missed a game in a decade and has been an extremely consistent force for the Eagles. He brings his talents to San Francisco and should be a solid asset for the team. He has 13 career misses inside the 40 yard line and is 69% from 40-49 yards out. Long Live The Captain.