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March 6 (The Sports Xchange) - The San Francisco 49ers parted ways with six-time Pro Bowl kicker David Akers on Wednesday, and they might not be interested in acquiring four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis.
Akers was released by San Francisco on the same day reports indicated the 49ers and the Atlanta Falcons might not pursue the New York Jets' Revis.
In two seasons with the 49ers, Akers recorded 297 points -the most in the NFL during that span. He made 73 of 94 field-goal attempts and all 78 points after touchdowns.
Akers' release comes as no surprise. He struggled in 2012, connecting on only 29 of 42 field goal attempts. The 49ers brought in Billy Cundiff toward the end of the year when Akers was dealing with a pelvic injury.
Akers, 38, who had a $3 million salary, regained his job in time for the team's Super Bowl run.
NFL Network reported the 49ers have denied discussing Revis' availability with the Jets. However, a New York Daily News story indicated San Francisco and Atlanta were pursuing Revis, who missed most of last season after suffering a knee injury.
The Daily News reported the Jets are in a hurry to part with Revis.
"He's gone," a source told the newspaper. "This is happening. They're moving him. They can't keep him. They're rebuilding. They're starting fresh.
The Colts, Buccaneers and Chiefs are among other teams mentioned as having interest in Revis.
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The Philadelphia Eagles are expected to release veteran cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, SportsRadio WIP reported.
The Eagles denied any move was imminent, and it is possible the two sides could agree to a restructured contract before March 12, when all teams must be in compliance with the $123 million salary cap.
The Eagles signed Asomugha, 31, to a four-year, $60 million free-agent deal before the 2011 season, but the two-time All-Pro's production the past two seasons has not met expectations.
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New England wide receiver Wes Welker plans to test the free agent market next week and has no plans to re-sign with the Patriots before then.
ESPN reported the Patriots and Welker are not close to reaching a deal prior to March 12, the first day for unrestricted free agents to officially sign with other teams.
The Patriots chose not to place a franchise tag on Welker by the Monday deadline. That would have entitled Welker, 31, to a 20 percent raise from the $9.5 million he made in 2012 to $11.4 million in 2013.
The steady Welker led the Patriots with 118 catches last year, becoming the first player in NFL history with five 110-catch seasons.
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Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher underwent surgery on Wednesday on his left ankle and has scheduled elbow surgery for later this month.
Fletcher, 37, shrugged off retirement talk after 15 NFL years and said he plans to return next season. He led the Redskins with 139 tackles last season and had five interceptions and three sacks from his middle linebacker spot.
The Redskins named former San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith as a senior executive.
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The Buffalo Bills have tendered a qualifying offer to tight end Dorin Dickerson.
The 24-year-old Dickerson appeared in 11 games with Buffalo in 2012, catching nine passes for 117 yards.
Meanwhile, veteran linebacker Bryan Scott tweeted that he has re-signed with the Buffalo Bills.
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Linebacker DeAndre Levy reached agreement on a new three-year contract with the Detroit Lions, according to multiple reports.
Terms of the deal were not available. Levy, 25, was set to become an unrestricted free agent next week.
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The Denver Broncos are asking pass-rushing specialist Elvis Dumervil to restructure his contract, according to multiple reports.
Dumervil is due to receive $12 million next season and the Broncos want to renegotiate because their payroll includes quarterback's Peyton Manning $20 million salary and defensive back Champ Bailey's 10 million salary.
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell continues to express his strong desire to turn football into a safer sport.
Speaking at the University of North Carolina, Goodell said the game's overall health and survival depends upon adapting to rules and equipment that reduce injuries.
"There is a national conversation taking place about football," Goodell said, according to ProFootballTalk.com. "We welcome it ... looking at changes to the game not as something to be feared but as something we need to do as if the future of the game relies on it. Because it does."
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Quarterback Vince Young told NFL Network he recently wrote to Jeff Fisher, his former head coach, and apologized for the manner in which he conducted himself during their joint time with the Tennessee Titans. Fisher is now head coach of the St. Louis Rams, while Young is looking for work after being cut by the Bills before the start of last season. (Editing by Gene Cherry)