Thursday, they hosted kicker David Akers, formally of the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers to a visit. Hanson hasn't yet stated whether or not he will kick in 2013, and the Lions do not know if he plans on accepting their offer to kick for the league minimum.
Consequently, Martin Mayhew isn't wasting his time waiting around. At the end of the day, this is a business, and Detroit can't afford to wait around and miss signing a kicker they might like better to replace Hanson if he's available.
If you're looking for an identical replacement to Hanson, Akers could be it. The 38 year-old had kicked almost exclusively in Philadelphia until a contract dispute helped him land in San Francisco prior to the 2010. He was rock solid kicking for both the Eagles and 49ers, and has several impressive football records to his name, most notably the longest field goal in NFL history (63 yards), most points scored in a season and most field goals in a season.
Kicking primarily in Detroit's domed Ford Field, Akers could extend his career even further. If Hanson plays hardball contractually and remains uncertain about a return, the Lions could provide Akers with a phenomenal opportunity to rebound following a tough end to his 2012 year.
Either way, expect a resolution to this drama soon. Don't expect the Lions to sit around and wait for Hanson to make a decision too long, especially with a solid option like Akers available and the NFL draft rapidly approaching.
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