Akins Lands in Cleveland

Chris Akins, released by the Green Bay Packers last Thursday, signed a free agent contract with the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday. Akins said he felt like he was in a "no-win" situation in Green Bay and wanted out, so Packers coach/general manager Mike Sherman, after meeting with Akins, released the defensive back.

Akins will return to Green Bay with his new team on Dec. 23 when the Packe rs host the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field.

Akins lost his cool in a Nov. 18 game against Atlanta, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and the wrath of Sherman along the sideline. He was fined one game check, or about $22,000 and lost his starting safety job. He was filling in for the injured LeRoy Butler.

Akins landed in Sherman's doghouse again Dec. 3 against Jacksonville when he was penalized twice for fair catch interference. He said he felt like he was in a "no-win" situation in Green Bay.

"It is definitely a situation that I am uncomfortable in and really ready to get out of, but, hey, I have got to come to work every day and continue to do the things I have got to do," Akins said on Dec. 5. "It is up to him if he is going to let me perform on Sunday.

"They know how I feel. It is just one of those things where, hopefully when the season is over with, I will be one of the first ones that they do waive because I am ready to go."

Sherman, upon hearing about the story the next morning, met with Akins for about 20 minutes and released him.

The Packers signed free agent Matt Bowen on Nov. 30. The second-year pro has been backing up Sharper in the base defense in practice. He is expected to take Akins' spot on at least three of the special teams units.

The Packers also re-signed safety Billy Jenkins, who was signed as a free agent on Nov. 19 and released on Nov. 27. He played in Green Bay's game at Detroit and and in the Packers' 17-7 win over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

To make room for Akins, a third year pro, the Browns waived safety Scott Frost.

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