We all knew the Philadelphia Eagles intended to place their franchise tag on quarterback Michael Vick, but using their transition tag on kicker David Akers came as a surprise. And not the pleasant kind, if your last name is Akers.
His agent, Jerrold Colton, told the Daily News' Les Bowen that receiving the tag came as "a surprise and a disappointment." Some of you might be wondering what a "transition tag" is, and I don't blame you. The Eagles haven't used one since 1998. As I noted this morning, the Eagles have the first right of refusal if another team makes Akers an offer. He'll receive the average salary of the top 10 players at his position, or 120 percent of his 2010 salary. Akers will receive the greater of those two options, which Bowen estimates to be about $3 million.
Colton indicated that Akers and the Eagles were far apart when they talked about a contract extension this past season. Sheil Kapadia from the Moving the Chains blog (Philly.com) has some numbers that suggest that Akers is actually getting better with age (36).
The transition tag won't preclude the Eagles and Akers from agreeing to a contract extension, but I don't sense that Reid and Howie Roseman will be rushing to get that done.