About 10 minutes after the Philadelphia Eagles drafted kicker Alex Henery out of Nebraska in the fourth round on Saturday, I had a three-word email from Bleeding Green Nation writer JimmyK in my inbox: "Akers in Dallas?"
Funnily enough, I had the exact same thought when the pick appeared on the draft ticker. So did Don Banks of SI.com:
Akers is a free agent and he's not done kicking in the NFL. Given the challenges the Cowboys and Redskins have had with kickers in recent years, I wouldn't be surprised if Akers wound up somewhere else in the NFC East, facing his old team twice a year. Not exactly the Donovan McNabb to Washington storyline of 2010, but it might be fun.
The 36-year old Akers is a 12-year veteran of the Eagles, and his time in Philadelphia is now likely over. Akers is a career 81.9% field goal kicker, and finished 2010 with an 84.2% rate (32/38). The Cowboys' current kicker, David Buehler, had a 75% rate (24/32), and the Cowboys have already brought in veteran Kris Brown, himself a 77.3% career kicker, ostensibly to provide competition for Buehler.
What say ye, yea or nay?