49ers release 6-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers

Updated: March 6, 2013, 11:01 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- On top of the NFL one season, out the door the next.

The San Francisco 49ers released six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers on Wednesday, ending a two-year run of record-breaking highs and frustrating lows. General Manager Trent Baalke thanked Akers in a statement, calling the kicker a "true professional who represented himself and this organization with class."

"We wish him, and his family, all the best," Baalke said.

The left-footed Akers appeared in all 32 ...

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