Sorry, Akers used to be one of the league's top kickers. OK smart guy, who would the Eagles sign to replace Akers? It's not as if a elite kicker is just waiting out there to be signed. Oh wait, there is...Jay Feely.
In a stunning move the Chiefs have released Feely one day after signing the kicker. So Feely is the replacement. The numbers don't lie.
- In 2007, Akers was 1-6 in field goals between 40-49 yards and 1-4 in kicks 50+ yards
- In 2007, Feely was 7-9 in field goals between 40-49 yards and 1-1 in kicks 50+ yards
The numbers show a dramatic upgrade at the PK position for the Eagles if they sign Feely. And despite camp reports on Akers rediscovering his length strength this off-season, preseason action again shows Akers struggling to connect from 40+ yards.
With the Eagles red zone struggles, why not sure up the kicking game. Feely is just waiting to be signed. Akers has had a phenomenal Eagles career, but at this point in his career is he more reputation then results?
A team that is "pedal to the metal" would make this obvious move to upgrade the roster.