Still undecided about bringing Jason Hanson back for a 22nd season, the Detroit Lions are beginning to entertain options for his replacement and will host kicker David Akers on a free agent visit next week. Hanson notified the team earlier this month that http://www.freep.com/article/20130312/SPORTS01/130312070/detroit-lions-jason-hanson">he planned on playing another season, but so far, negotiations have gone nowhere on a new contract. Team president Tom Lewand said at the NFL owners meetings last week that there was no guarantee Hanson would return. “It’s not a system that provides for a lot of allowance for sentimentality,” Lewand said. “We have the utmost respect for Jason and want to have him back, but it’s a situation where everything has to fit. The salary cap is a real restraint for all 32 clubs and we have to operate within that and within our plans. So we’ve had our discussions with Jason and like I said we have the utmost respect for him personally and professionally which is why we want to have him back.” Hanson made 32 of 36 field goals last year as the league’s oldest player. A second-round pick in 1992, he’s an unrestricted free agent
Lions bringing in kicker David Akers for a visit
Published On: Mar 28 2013 12:26:51 PM CDT Updated On: Mar 28 2013 12:26:52 PM CDT
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