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Mason Crosby Wants To Stay In Green Bay

Despite the uncertainty surrounding the 2011 NFL season, Mason Crosby is certain he wants to return to the Packers.

When the lockout dust finally settles, Crosby's situation will become more clear. Scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, Crosby has accrued four seasons since being drafted by the Packers in the sixth-round of the 2007 draft. Depending on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, Crosby will either be a restricted or an unrestricted free agent. Regardless of the label, Crosby wants to remain in Green Bay.

“The hope is that we'll get this figured out, I'll be unrestricted, and be able to sign back here in Green Bay,” said Crosby via Fox 11 in Green Bay. “That's my hope for all of this.”

The Packers are also hopeful to bring back Crosby. Rob Demovsky of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports the Packers "plan to re-sign him once the lockout is lifted."

The mutual interest between Crosby and the team makes sense. The former Colorado Buffalo is unlikely to hit pay dirt in free agency, and the Packers' coaching staff has always believed in Crosby's ability.

Whenever the lockout ends, it looks like Ted Thompson's first move will be to splash into free agency with his typical cannonball and re-sign a field goal kicker with a 78.1% success rate.

Who says Ted never signs the big free agent?

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FITZCORE1252's picture

Mason, if you were a career 80%+ leg... they would have made you an offer last year. Don't get it twisted folks (Alex), Mason is an average FG kicker... at best. I don't think it makes or breaks this team if he stays or goes BUT, there are some proven legs that will be available. ... lotta names ahead of his...


Chad Toporski's picture

Though I certainly share your opinion regarding Crosby's accuracy in hitting FG posts (did I say that right?), I still think he is one of the best kickoff specialists in the league.

Bearmeat's picture

Not this past year he wasn't. KOS get touchbacks. Especially in domes and warm weather. Crosby hasn't done that since 2007.

Chad Toporski's picture

You're assuming Slocum was making the call for him to kick touchbacks.

Most of the time, Slocum was looking for kicks to be placed in certain parts of the field. In fact, I'd be willing to bet he avoided the endzone kickoff because coverage was so bad that returners wouldn't take the knee and end up getting big yardage.

The Atlanta Falcons game comes to mind here.

PackersRS's picture

Completely agree. It was Slocum calling for those high kicks, because, like Chad said, if the ball wasn't deep enough in the boom kick, the coverage was so putrid that the kick would be returned.

BTW, expect Crosby to lead the league in TBs now with the increase to the 35 yard line. With his leg he can consistantly TB from that position.

FITZCORE1252's picture

"I still think he is one of the best kickoff specialists in the league."

What has that done for our ST's? I'll gladly give up a couple yards per kick off if my FG kicker hits 85% of the time like... say... Gould, who kicks in just as bad if not worse conditions.

WoodyG's picture

Gould has tried only 6 50+ yard FGs in six years while Crosby has tried 15 50+ in 4 years .....

Eliminate Crosby's 50+ & he's at 81% ..... (99 of 122) ..... I'm sure GB takes this into consideration ...
A couple of high percentage seasons & Crosby's in the top ten, easily ....

I'd rather have Crosby try a 55 yarder to win the SB than Gould, anytime ....

WoodyG's picture

Try this ..... Crosby has hit on 78% of his FGs in his 4 years (107 of 137) which places him 31st among active kickers ..... If he had made just 6 of those misses (113 of 137) (how many uprights did he hit over the last 4 seasons?), he would be at 82.5% & ranked 11th among active kickers .....

You can't change the real numbers but my point is that there's no appreciable difference between 31st & a near top ten kicker ....

Jer's picture

This one shouldn't be too difficult. Crosby isn't good enough to demand a ton of money. If the team wants him, they should be able to get him fairly easily.

Mel's picture

well guess we know what we have with crosby as anverage kicker at best. I still think the Derrek Frost screw up is still in their minds!!!

FITZCORE1252's picture


Gentleman's bet ($1) he doesn't.

PackersRS's picture

Top 5 and you got yourself a bet.

It'll give me a motive to cheer for Mason Crosby...

FITZCORE1252's picture

No, no, no... You said #1! HUGE dif between #1 and top 5. I'll meet you in the middle, if he finishes in the top 3 I owe you $1, how about that? And it's a dollar I hope I lose (just gotta play the odds... take the field)... if he's wearing a Packer uniform, I will root for him.

Top 3 in TB's... Deal?

PackersRS's picture

Well, I'm chickening out in here...

If he's allowed to (a.k.a. Slocum doesn't keep calling for directional kicks) it's a deal.

bomdad's picture

His on-side kick is a thing of beauty.
Just watched the Pats game highlights again, got that opening kickoff onside to set the tone. Too bad they let Connelly make the big return later on.

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