The San Francisco 49ers announced that they’ve released K David Akers.
“The 49ers would like to thank David for his service, dedication and leadership over the past two years,” said GM Trent Baalke. “He is a true professional who represented himself and this organization with class. We wish him, and his family, all the best.”
The 49ers will have an additional $3 million in cap space to work with following Akers’ release.
Akers recently underwent a “minor surgical procedure” to correct an issue that he played through last season, according to Mike Garafolo. Akers isn’t considering retirement, despite his poor 2012 season.
#49ers are expected to release K David Akers before free agency starts, per source.
— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) March 4, 2013
Akers, 38, is coming off of a terrible season in which he wound up making only 29-of-42 field-goal attempts. It’s worth noting that he did tie the NFL record for the longest field goal in history in the first game of the 2013 season, but clearly, it’s unacceptable to produce that kind of percentage.
He has a $3 million base salary for next season, so this move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.