Mason Crosby

Cashing in.

As expected the Green Bay Packers re-signed kicker [intlink id=”152″ type=”category”]Mason Crosby[/intlink].

What is perhaps a little more surprising is the deal is for five years and makes him one of the highest-paid kickers in the NFL.

Crosby’s deal is worth $14.75 million and includes $3 million of guaranteed money, according to the Journal Sentinel.

Guaranteeing only $3 million of the contract gives the Packers some flexibility to look elsewhere if Crosby turns into a train wreck, but at nearly $3 million per season Crosby is in the salary range of the league’s top-paid kicker, Sebastian Janikowski of Oakland.

Janikowski’s deal averages $4 million per season.

Crosby’s deal isn’t bad for a guy who’s never once hit 80 percent of his field goals in a season.

The Packers will tell you it’s tough to kick in Lambeau Field in the winter and they’d be right, but I have a hard time believing Crosby is one of the best kickers in the game.