Packers re-sign Mason Crosby

The long time Packers kicker is in the fold for three more years. 

Strike one big thing off Brian Gutekunst's to-do list:

Earlier this offseason, Gutekunst had sounded like a guy who was set on bringing Crosby back.

“I think when you have a guy who has been through the fire like Mason has, for a guy in my position it makes us feel very comfortable. He obviously had an excellent year last year. He’s a big part of our team, a big part of what we’re trying to do here. I’m very hopeful that will reach the right ending."

Outside of Bryan Bulaga, Crosby was the most important pending free agent for the Packers to bring back, and now the job is done. 

Crosby is coming off an outstanding season that saw him tie a single-season franchise accuracy record, hitting 91.7 percent of his kicks. 

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Lphill's picture

February 22, 2020 at 04:34 pm

No surprise here , good kickers hard to find as of late in the NFL .

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ShooterMcGee's picture

February 22, 2020 at 05:32 pm

What's the dollar amount? Like to know how this affects the cap.

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stockholder's picture

February 22, 2020 at 06:04 pm

3 years @ 12.9. , 4.3 mil. a year. also seeing 6 mil first year with same 12.9.

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Fredrik87's picture

February 25, 2020 at 11:12 am

He will carry a 4 million dollar cap hit this year.
here's his cap hit for every year of his new contract.

2020: $4,000,000
2021: $4,500,000
2022: $4,400,000

for a total of $12.9 million over three years.

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Packer_Fan's picture

February 22, 2020 at 05:53 pm

Good start.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

February 22, 2020 at 07:10 pm

Per Tom Peliserro of the NFL Network, the deal is worth $12.9M over three years, or $4.3M per year. That is less than the $5M AAV I feared. No cap breakdowns are available yet. With a relatively small contract, I do not expect to see a lot of weird structure devices to circumvent the 30% Rule and the Deion Rule.

Shooter, it shouldn't disturb the cap situation I described in my comment to the article linked below. This is a podcast with Ken Ingalls, who is very good with the cap and focuses almost exclusively on the Packers. I recommend listening to the podcast with Ken, Jason Perone, and Paul Bretl, but you could just read my comment, both of which break down GB's cap situation (I use Ken Ingall's numbers).

Crosby gets $6M in year one and $9.5M over the first two years. If they don't use any funky methods, the deal might look like this:
2020: $2.70M base, $1.1M SB proration, $3.80M Cap, $6.0M Cash $6M Cash total
2021: $3.51M base, $1.1M SB prorated, $4.61M Cap, $3.51M Cash, $9.51 CashTot.
2022: $3.39M base, $1.1M SB prorated, $4.49M Cap, $3.39M Cash, $12.9M Total

I hope they do something funky. $3.8M is $800K more than I budgeted for Crosby.

https://cheeseheadtv.com/blog/pack-a-day-podcast-episode-577-special-gue...

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flackcatcher's picture

February 23, 2020 at 08:10 pm

Some poor RFA is going to get it on back end of his contract.... :-) (Still, an excellent signing for the price.)

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February 22, 2020 at 06:35 pm

Great.

Crosby for 3 at 13 million is a good deal. Some teams have messed up their seasons cheaping on kicker. Glad BG got this done quickly.

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TheVOR's picture

February 23, 2020 at 09:14 am

Exactly, this deal pays him a little more next season, but overall, its a great deal for GB, he made 4.6 last season, this is more of a maintenance signing than it was some huge cap hit. Great Deal for Green Bay, great deal for Mason Crosby. I've always loved this player, followed his college career as a Buff in Colorado, couldn't believe GB was lucky enough to get him in the draft, and what a career. Not just anybody kicks well at Lambeau. He's one of my all time favorite Packers, great signing..

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Crazytim87's picture

February 24, 2020 at 08:29 am

Agreed!

GO PACK GO!

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stockholder's picture

February 22, 2020 at 06:46 pm

"I’m very hopeful that will reach the right ending." I'll drink to that!

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crayzpackfan's picture

February 22, 2020 at 07:01 pm

I’m good with this too. Lots of teams have very marginal kickers. I think Mason is an asset for another year or two..

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Poynte's picture

February 22, 2020 at 07:42 pm

Really smart move to lock him in .

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splitpea1's picture

February 22, 2020 at 07:50 pm

Good move--one less thing to worry about. We don't need any change here yet.

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RedRight49's picture

February 22, 2020 at 08:53 pm

Mason Crosby has been a great Packer over the years and has put a lot of points on the board.

He has earned a decent contract by his proven performances and am pleased he will be back to the Pack for the next season.

Glad that Gute took care of signing Crosby and assuring the Packers have a reliable, proven kicker for what should be an exciting 2020 Season!

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Dzehren's picture

February 22, 2020 at 09:34 pm

Delete

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

February 22, 2020 at 09:36 pm

Hi has performed well both on and off the field. That has not been the case with all the players we have under contract.

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Ryan3468's picture

February 22, 2020 at 10:44 pm

Nice to see them lock down Crosby. I wonder/hope they can have someone take over kick off duties. JK-47 could possibly get some young guy in the room work added to his plate.

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Packerfansupreme's picture

February 23, 2020 at 07:26 am

Excellent! That's one thing we can check off the list. Glad to have him back

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NickPerry's picture

February 23, 2020 at 09:26 am

Good for Crosby and it's a GOOD contract for the Packers. Half the deal is paid out next season but man o man money is going to be tight unless certain moves are made we've all discussed here since December.

The Packers had roughly $24 million before this signing and are paying almost half of the contract in 2020. People who know me here know I love Gute, but I don't get why he's waiting to cut Graham. I understood keeping him last year (sort of) but I don't get why he doesn't just cut ties know and the same goes with Taylor.

I suppose it doesn't matter so much as "When" BUT could there be an IF involved here? As in IF he cuts Graham and/or Taylor.

Question...Could Gute possibly be thinking of moving Jenkins to RT and inserting Taylor back in at LG?

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Lphill's picture

February 23, 2020 at 04:06 pm

I think Gute thinks Cole Madison is a potential starter.

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Leatherhead's picture

February 23, 2020 at 05:53 pm

Maybe they're looking for a trade, or maybe Graham is retiring. I'm pretty confident Graham is history.

I hope Gute is considering something with Taylor. He's a dependable vet and he could come in useful for a team that wants to protect their QB. He'd be our primary backup interior lineman

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flackcatcher's picture

February 24, 2020 at 02:24 pm

CBA Nick. Gute in Q and A said he is waiting to see which way the CBA was headed in before he makes any major moves. Understandable, as GM he wants to see the 'lay of the land'. Unlike many of his counterparts in this division, he has the flexibility to wait.

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Bure9620's picture

February 23, 2020 at 09:28 am

Smaht move, wicked Smaht.....

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mbpacker's picture

February 23, 2020 at 03:48 pm

We have Mason and youuuu ( Bears, Queens) doooon't!

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Leatherhead's picture

February 23, 2020 at 04:43 pm

I think Mason Crosby is the best kicker we’ve ever had, and I remember Chandler and Marcol, and Stenerud, and Longwell
and all the rest. I thought he was really good last year and I’m happy he’ll be here for the rest of the Rodgers era.

I applaud ML for eschewing long field goals and either punting or going for it. With an offense like ours, we should go for it more. But it’s nice to know we’ve got an automatic 3 inside the 40. He’s very good at mixing it up on kickoffs so that they have to be returned.
On a related note, the rules changes have made it so that you are usually ahead to just take a touchback and start at the 25. They want to cut down injuries by eliminating returns and they’re succeeding.

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February 23, 2020 at 05:25 pm

I remember after 2012 season it took me quite a while to be able to watch a FG attempt by Crosby with both eyes open and no wincing involved. I'm not sure exactly when it stopped but I DO know it hasn't happened since the 2016 playoffs against the Cowboys. Those 2 kicks at the end of that game, one when Garrett called a TO and he had to kick again, the 2nd about 40 seconds later when it sailed through the uprights.

Crosby has been pretty much money before AND after that 2012 season, doing it in one of the TOUGHEST stadiums to kick in. There has been lots of "Favorites" obviously the one in Dallas is tough to beat. But the one last year in GB against the Lions as time ran out and he got to do his first Lambeau Leap after was pretty special. Especially when you consider everything Mr. Mason Crosby and family went through on a personal level last year.

Way to go Gute and thank you Mason Crosby!! Now lest go win a SB with a game ending kick! Priceless.

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Leatherhead's picture

February 23, 2020 at 06:38 pm

Most of the time, he’s Makin Crosby. Sometimes he’s Missin Crosby.

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