The Packers finally found an answer to their punting problems in Tim Masthay, and Friday they rewarded him with a contract extension that will keep him in Green Bay through 2016.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport first reported the news.
Today in punting news:
#Packers lock up P Tim Masthay with a 4-year, $5.465M extension through 2016, per source. $1.2M signing bonus
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 3, 2012
Last season, Masthay set franchise records for gross average punt (45.6 yards) and net average (38.6), according to Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. 23 of his 55 punts (41.8 percent) landed inside the 20-yard line.
Masthay has been praised throughout the early portion of training camp, too. On Monday, Masthay put 7-of-9 punts inside the 20-yard line using his Aussie-style pooch kick. For the most part, Masthay has been rock solid in his two-plus years in Green Bay.
Signed in 2010 as a street free agent, Masthay was scheduled to be a restricted free agent after 2012.
Other deals for NFL punters:
Andy Lee, SF: Seven years, $21.5 million ($3.6 million guaranteed)
Shane Lechler, OAK: Four years, $16 million ($9 million guaranteed)
Jon Ryan, SEA: Six years, $9.1 million ($1.6 million guaranteed)