2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Lions sign K David Akers, say goodbye to Hanson

    2013-04-09 17:28

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Lions officially signed kicker David Akers on Tuesday and bid farewell to Jason Hanson.

The team didn't disclose terms of the contract Tuesday. Akers and the Lions agreed to a deal last week, a day after Hanson announced his retirement.

The 38-year-old Akers was released last month by the San Francisco 49ers after he followed up a record-breaking season with shaky results. The four-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl kicker made just 29 of 44 field goals last year after setting single-season league records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted in 2011. Akers has made 367 of 453 field goals in his career with Washington, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

The 42-year-old Hanson said he is retiring primarily because of pain in his non-kicking left heel.

``I've played hurt and that's just kind of the story of the NFL,'' Hanson said as team executives and others gathered to say goodbye. ``I thought, `Well, I can fight through it, I've done it before.' But another side of me, this time, was really resisting the thought of doing it again, playing compromised and hurt. So, eventually you get to the point to where the team needs to make a decision, I need to make a decision and I decided that I didn't want to play hurt anymore.''

Hanson joined the Lions in 1992, the year after they reached the NFC championship game. He played in six postseason games - all losses - and endured the team's 0-16 performance of 2008. In 2011, the Lions made the playoffs for the first time in a dozen years.

``I was there through years of losing and saw the full stadiums, I saw the nearly-full stadiums that I believe would have been impossible anywhere else,'' he said. ``I believe the team is on track to give you the team that you deserve. So that will be something special when it happens.''

Hanson became the first NFL player to play 300 games with one franchise, finishing with 327. He also set an NFL record last year when he played his 21st season with the same team. Hanson made a record 52 field goals from at least 50 yards, he is third on the career scoring list at 2,150 points and third in field goals with 495. Hanson is the only player with 2,000 points for one franchise.

He thanked the Lions owners, coaches and staff and recalled kicking at Washington State for visitors who included coach Wayne Fontes.

"Thankfully, I didn't quite get the seriousness of the situation and I kicked well. I want to thank them for taking the chance on drafting a kicker and bringing me here to the team,'' he said.

H then singled out a special group of teammates for a figurative tip of the hat.

``In football, a kicker gets the glory and he gets the blame, but as every NFL kicker learns throughout his career, it's always the holder's fault,'' he said. ``But actually what you come to realize is that while you're out there, my job is the direct result of what the snappers and the holders do. We're a team. They are crucial to my success. Yes, I become the spokesperson and it's my kick, but it's our job.''

And as for sticking with a franchise that had so many bad years, Hanson said it was simple.

``This is my team, you know?'' he said. ``You know, our family was plugged in here and that was one of the great blessings of my career here. We can all say that we were here for 21 years, we're plugged into the community. We lived out west for a while but we ended up back here and we're here for the foreseeable future. So, that always seemed more rewarding than walking away.''

Team President Tom Lewand, team vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. and coach Jim Schwartz all praised Hanson.

``One of the things I've always admired about Jason was a lot of kickers run at the returner and then making a show of diving at their feet never quite getting there,'' Ford said. ``Not Jason, he would go full speed into the person and either take him down or drive him out of bounds and lead with his shoulder and he did it time and time again. He didn't have to. He was already an All-Pro kicker. But that was the kind of leadership that I will always remember from him.''

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Carlos HydeJul 29 11:13a

San Francisco 49ers RB Carlos Hyde is not believed to be injured and shouldn't be on the non-football injury list for long. Hyde suffered a calf injury during spring [ More ]

Tom BradyJul 29 09:23a

Updating previous reports, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady posted on Facebook that he replaced his broken phone with a new one after his attorneys told the NFL 'my [ More ]

Tom BradyJul 29 01:53a

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could have had his suspended reduced based on a series of conditions. According to a source with knowledge of [ More ]

Eric BerryJul 29 01:43a

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (illness) has been cleared to take the practice field with the team Wednesday, July 29. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in December [ More ]

Geno SmithJul 28 08:03p

New York Jets QB Geno Smith could be benched if he struggles early in the season, according to head coach Todd Bowles Tuesday, July 28. 'If you feel that [ More ]

Ryan WilliamsJul 28 05:53p

Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams (knee) was placed on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, July 28.

Brodrick BunkleyJul 28 05:43p

New Orleans Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley (undisclosed) was released with a failed physical designation Tuesday, July 28.

James WrightJul 28 05:33p

Cincinnati Bengals WR James Wright (knee) was waived with an injured designation Tuesday, July 28.

Darrin ReavesJul 28 05:33p

Carolina Panthers RB Darrin Reaves was waived Tuesday, July 28.

Tom BradyJul 28 05:13p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is facing a four-game suspension, but the Patriots have done fairly well without him. In games Brady has missed since he became a [ More ]

Tom BradyJul 28 04:53p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has given permission to the NFL Players Association to appeal his case in federal court, according to a source. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell [ More ]

Lamar MillerJul 28 03:43p

Miami Dolphins RB Lamar Miller may see an increase in carries in 2015, according to head coach Joe Philbin. 'If he's cranking and he got it 24 times a [ More ]

Le'Veon BellJul 28 03:03p

Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell's original three-game suspension has been reduced to a two-game suspension Tuesday, July 28.

Tom BradyJul 28 02:53p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension has been upheld by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday, July 28.

Victor CruzJul 28 02:23p

New York Giants WR Victor Cruz (knee) is supposedly faster now than he was before he tore his patellar tendon last season, according to teammate CB Prince Amukamara. Amukamara [ More ]

Ryan WilliamsJul 28 11:53a

Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams (knee) was waived/injured Tuesday, July 28.

Josh FreemanJul 28 10:43a

Free-agent QB Josh Freeman (Dolphins) was re-signed by the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, July 28, according to his agent, Ron Freeman.

Tom BradyJul 28 10:13a

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to have his four-game suspension upheld, a source told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. Smith said on 'ESPN First Take' Tuesday, July [ More ]

Chris CooleyJul 27 10:42p

Free-agent TE Chris Cooley (Redskins) is still considering a comeback, although he said Monday, July 27, in a radio interview that he does not anticipate a team signing him [ More ]

Josh McCownJul 27 10:32p

Cleveland Browns QB Josh McCown enters training camp as the team's starting signal caller, but head coach Mike Pettine said Monday, July 27, that McCown is not guaranteed of [ More ]

Markus WheatonJul 27 07:12p

Pittsburgh Steelers WR Markus Wheaton is believed to have performed the best among the wide receivers during offseason workouts.

Brandon LaFellJul 27 05:22p

New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

Jadeveon ClowneyJul 27 05:12p

Houston Texans LB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, July 27.

Kevin BrockJul 27 05:02p

Free-agent TE Kevin Brock (Bengals) signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, July 27.

Matthew TuckerJul 27 05:02p

Philadelphia Eagles RB Matthew Tucker (undisclosed) was waived from the Non-Football Injury list Monday, July 27.

Da'Quan BowersJul 27 04:52p

Free-agent DE Da'Quan Bowers (Buccaneers) signed an undisclosed deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Monday, July 27.

Jonathan MartinJul 27 03:02p

Carolina Panthers OT Jonathan Martin (back) has chosen to retire. Martin will need surgery on his injured back.

Tom BradyJul 27 02:02p

New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension still has not been announced, and the NFL is now open to talking with the NFL Players Association [ More ]

Doug MartinJul 27 12:02p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin could be in line for a big, bounce-back year, in the opinion of beat writer Roy Cummings.

Casey MatthewsJul 27 09:12a

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve due to a hip injury Sunday, July 26.

Casey MatthewsJul 26 02:52p

Minnesota Vikings LB Casey Matthews (hip) has been placed on injured reserve due to a hip injury that occurred during the team's offseason program.

Blair WalshJul 26 02:32p

Minnesota Vikings PK Blair Walsh signed a four-year contract extension Sunday, July 26, worth $14 million. The deal includes $5.25 million in guaranteed money.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group