Thursday, July 28, 2011
Harbaugh link key: 49ers land David Akers
By Mike Sando
Sorry, no news on the San Francisco 49ers and Nnamdi Asomugha.
The team did go after a kicker, though, and an acclaimed one in David Akers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The 49ers' agreement with Akers, 36, spells the end in San Francisco for 38-year-old Joe Nedney, who had been with the team since 2005. Nedney made 86.6 percent of his field goal tries since coming to the 49ers, the fourth-highest percentage among kickers with at least 40 made field goals during that time. That included making 26 of 28 in his first season with the team.
Akers ranks 28th on that list with an 80.7 percent success rate, but he is a five-time Pro Bowl choice with extensive playoff experience. Akers once set an NFL playoff record by making 19 consecutive field goal attempts, although he missed twice during the Eagles' playoff defeat against Green Bay last season.
Akers surely comes to the 49ers with a high recommendation from Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, brother of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh. John Harbaugh was the Eagles' special-teams coach for much of Akers' tenure with the team.
Nedney finished last season on injured reserve with a knee injury.