NFL Notes: Lions sign David Akers

NFL Notes: Lions sign David Akers
April 9, 2013, 5:30 pm
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ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions have officially signed kicker David Akers.

The team didn't disclose terms of the contract Tuesday. Akers and the Lions agreed to a deal last week, a day after kicker Jason Hanson announced his retirement.

The 38-year-old Akers was released last month by the San Francisco 49ers after he followed up a record-breaking season with shaky results. The four-time All-Pro and six-time Pro Bowl kicker made just 29 of 44 field goals last year after setting single-season league records with 44 field goals made and 52 attempted in 2011. Akers has made 367 of 453 field goals in his career with Washington, Philadelphia and San Francisco.

The 42-year-old Hanson said he is retiring primarily because of pain in his non-kicking left heel.

Raiders sign Mike Jenkins
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders have signed cornerback Mike Jenkins to a free-agent contract.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the deal Tuesday.

Jenkins will team with the recently signed Tracy Porter to give the Raiders two veteran cornerbacks. The other cornerbacks currently on Oakland's roster have combined for four career starts.

Jenkins spent the past five seasons with the Cowboys. He started 48 games in his career but only two last season. He had five interceptions and made the Pro Bowl in 2009 but has just two interceptions the past three seasons.

Dawan Landry signs with Jets
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets are replacing departed safety LaRon Landry with his brother.

Dawan Landry has signed with the Jets, nearly a month after his younger brother left New York to sign with the Indianapolis Colts as a free agent. Dawan Landry, 30, played the last two seasons with Jacksonville before being released last month.

He spent five seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, playing his first three years under Rex Ryan, who was Baltimore's defensive coordinator, and current Jets defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman. Landry has started all but two games in his seven-year career and has 12 interceptions, three touchdowns and 5 1/2 sacks.

The Jets were thin at safety after the departures of both starters, LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell, and the release of Eric Smith.

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