Could Akers stay in NFC East?

David Akers will most likely be on his way out of town after the Eagles drafted Alex Henery in the NFL draft. (Ron Cortes/Staff file photo)

Where players will land once free agency begins is always speculation, but this one could be interesting ...

With David Akers' time in Philadelphia seemingly at its end, could Akers wind up staying in the NFC East with either Dallas or Washington?

Writes Sports Illustrated's Don Banks: "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."

Cowboys current kicker David Buehler added field goal duties last season, his second in the league, and was 24-for-32, with a long of 53. He also had 22 touchbacks on kickoffs after setting a franchise record with 29 in 2009. Of course, the changes in the kickoff rules might make that a less important part of the equation.

Redskins kicker Graham Gano was 24-for-35 with a long of 49. He had nine touchbacks on kickoffs.

We won't know until the labor situation is settled, or if the lockout is lifted by court order. Only time will tell.