The other veteran players released are John Wendling, Israel Idonije, Dylan Gandy and Rocky McIntosh. They will join Nate Burleson and Louis Delmas as finding new teams for 2014.
Akers went 19-of-24 last season, the second worst season since 2007. According to Meinke, Lions GM Martin Mayhew expects John Potter and Giorgio Tavecchio will compete for the kicking job, possibly with a free agent addition.
Speaking of special teams specialist and team captain Wendling, Mayhew said:
“He’s a heck of a guy. Spoke to him and told him I appreciated his efforts the past few years. I certainly wish him the best.”
Idonije, Gandy, and McIntosh were each on one-year deals, and will not be offered extensions. Mayhew has said that the Lions will ‘explore QB options in free agency’, though they may choose to re-sign backup Shaun Hill.