Kicker David Akers was not expecting to have the Eagles use the transition tag on him.
The Eagles say they had to use the tag to retain his rights, because like quarterback Michael Vick, Akers made 30 percent more in 2010 than he did in 2009 and teams are not allowed to extend players' contracts under those circumstances.
Like everyone else, though, Akers is in limbo as the clock ticks down toward the expiration of the CBA. Nothing will happen until a new CBA is put in place.
His agent has termed the use of the transition tag as "a surprise and disappointment." The Eagles have not used the transition tag since 1998.
"You play 12 years and you finally get a chance to get to free agency and you kind of want to see what happens, so I don't know," Akers told the team's Web site during a weekend charity appearance at the King of Prussia mall. "I'm going to do what is best for my family, and I don't know what that is. Who knows what is going to happen? Until the CBA gets signed, we don't know what is going to happen so we're going to take it day by day. Hopefully the union and the owners can work something out. Obviously, we want to play.
"I would have liked to work out something before now. I really think that would have been nice. The Eagles have been so great to me over the 12 years. They are looking at things as a business and that's just part of it. I don't hold anything against them at all."
The Eagles get the right of first refusal, should he get an offer elsewhere (which, again, is not going to happen until there is a CBA. ) If he plays under the tag, Akers will get a minimum offer of the average of the top 10 at his position, or 120 percent of his 2010 salary, whichever is greater. Akers would seem to be in line to make close to $3 million.
Despite the current circumstances, Akers, 36, says he wants to remain with the Eagles and end his career with the team.
"It's a waiting game right now to see what the league is going to do," he said. "I mean, I don't know where I'm going to live, what team I'm going to be playing for, even if there is going to be football in the fall. There are a lot of what ifs out there, so I want to let the fans know that is has been a wonderful 12 years and we'll see what the future holds.
"Ideally, if all things were equal, I would be an Eagle for years to come. But all things aren't equal right now and sometimes you don't get what you want."
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