In case you guys have not noticed, when Nedney and Akers failed us, their decline was rapid and final.....uhh you think that might have something to do with their age?
I don't think it had anything to do with their age. Nedney was never a sure bet beyond 40 and Akers just lost it mentally. Don't forget Old man Akers tied the NFL record last year at 63 yards in Green Bay? Age has nothing to do with his release. In fact, young kickers get cut all the time.
Niners wanted a more consistent kicker and Akers has lost his edge mentally down the stretch before.
I would rather bring in an older proven kicker than a young hopeful honestly because if it doesn't pan out with the old kicker he's likely cheap and kickers are VERY replaceable.