Eagles Pro Bowl kicker David Akers is almost certain that his years as an Eagles kicker is over. It’s not just the two easy field goals he missed yesterday that helped to cost the team an advancement into the next round of the playoffs, but it’s also something Akers did in December.
I learned from an NFL source that Akers turned down a three-year contract offer from the Eagles last month. I was told that the Eagles wanted Akers to sign the contract by December 25th but he refused because he wanted more money in the deal.
The Eagles weren’t pleased with that decision by their kicker. From what I hear, the Birds were strongly persuading him to sign the deal and were extremely disappointed when he didn’t.
The missed kicks and the refusal to sign the contract offer plus the history of the Eagles front office makes Akers believe that his career is history and I agree with him.
“Looking back now, 12 years, it’s been a nice run. It’s not really the way I wanted to go out as an Eagle,” Akers said after the game. “I’m sorry that I didn’t get to put the best foot forward for them.”
He was awful yesterday when everything was on the line. I remember thinking before the game that Akers was getting spooked by the windy weather. All you have to do is ask him about kicking in windy weather and you can tell that it messes him up mentally.
“I let down the team. The fans. The organization,” said Akers in a whisper in front of his locker after the game. “I misplayed the first one. Tried to drive it into that wind. I just kind of pulled the second one.”
Both of the missed kicks went to the right of the goal posts. The first one was from 41 yards out, while the second was from only 34 yards out.
I learned that his snapper Jon Dorenbos had to be restrained from going into the stands when walking through the tunnel after the game. I was told that Dorenbos wanted to go into the stands and put a beating on some the fans who were saying some unprintable things about Akers when he and Dorenbos walked off the field.