The Green Bay Packers and kicker Mason Crosby have agreed on a restructured contract, according to Shutdown Corner’s Brian McIntyre. Crosby agreed to a five-year contract before the 2012 season, and he is planning to enter the third year of the contract in 2013.
According to Shutdown Corner, and Yahoo! Sports, Crosby was scheduled to make $2.4 million this season. If Crosby makes the Packers 53-man regular season roster, he will earn $800,000 in base salary—a $1.6 million pay-cut.
Crosby is currently the lone kicker remaining on the Packers roster, as the team released kickers Giorgio Tavecchio and Zach Ramirez earlier this week. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and General Manager Ted Thompson both said though there are “many possible scenarios” where Tavecchio, who has been battling with Crosby for the majority of training camp, could return to Green Bay.
Before the 2012 season, Crosby statistically was one of the NFL’s best kickers. From the tail-end of the 2010 season to the near-end of the 2011 season, Crosby made 23 consecutive field goals. Crosby has also made the longest field goal (58 yards) in Packers franchise history.
Crosby, who has been the Packers kicker the past six seasons since he was drafted in the 6th round of the 2007 NFL Draft, struggled last season, connecting on an NFL-worst 63.6% of his field goal attempts. From 2012-2013, Crosby’s success has been as different as night and day.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said earlier in training camp he fully “expects Crosby to be our kicker”, and “every player is counting on him” to be their kicker for the 2013 season. Crosby has scored 762 points in his six-year career, an NFL-record for most points scored in a player’s first six seasons.
Crosby can seal his starting kicking job for good in Thursday night’s exhibition game at Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs in the preseason finale. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. (central-standard time), check your local listings for television coverage.
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