David Akers Won’t Sign Transition Tag

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Be prepared for three paragraphs of kicker news.

While it's assumed Michael Vick will sign the franchise tag today, David Akers' agent, Jerry Colton, has told Philly Sports Daily that Akers will not sign his transition tag. This means he will be allowed to negotiate with other teams, with the caveat being the Eagles will have the right to match any offer and keep Akers.

The transition tag is sometimes viewed in a negative light. Here's why (from Wikipedia, so take it with a grain of salt):

The transition tag is rarely used by NFL franchises. There are two reasons for this. The first is that the one-year transition offer is typically a large amount, which could provide the club with difficulties while attempting to keep the team's aggregate salaries under the salary cap. The other is that players often react badly to receiving the tag, because it limits their ability to negotiate with other teams and therefore hinders their chances of receiving the largest possible contract.

 

Hence why Akers and his agent are not happy with the tag. High maintenance kicker, yo.

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8 Responses

  1. Sign Akers for pete’s sake. Dude has ice in his veins, as demonstrated by one recent game in which he didn’t. Seen too many other teams suffer with mediocre kicking.

  2. “This means he will be allowed to negotiate with other teams, with the caveat being the Eagles will have the right to match any offer and keep Akers.”
    5 sentences later…
    “The other is that players often react badly to receiving the tag, because it limits their ability to negotiate with other teams and therefore hinders their chances of receiving the largest possible contract.”
    Does not compute.

  3. Will they match any offer on Akers, Kyle? Will they really? Call me skeptical, but I’m not so sure. Andy Reid made his feelings about Akers quite plain in the aftermath of their playoff loss to Green Bay, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the Birds let Akers walk if he gets a better offer.

  4. He’s going to retire….his daughter’s problems are too much for him, he won’t be able to handle playing this season.

  5. It absolutely *does* compute. If Team A knows that they have to far overpay the player to prevent Team B from matching their offer and retaining the player’s rights, why should they negotiate with him in the first place instead of offering him a low-ball offer and assuming Team B will just match it? The end result is Akers gets an insulting deal no matter who he talks to, either ends up back with the Eagles with that insulting deal, or somewhere else with the insulting deal, and is still behind the 8-ball thanks to Koy Detmer’s stellar financial advice. =/

  6. So what happens if he doesn’t sign the transition tag and DOESN’T receive an offer from another team?
    I say the Eagles keep him around….Fat Andy needs a scape goat for next season….Akers seemed to fit the bill nicely for FAT ANDY last year.
    We’ll go through 20 kickers in the next 10 years trying to find somebody that is 80% the kicker Akers is.
    This is why I hate the Eagles front office.

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