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We Bet This Mason Crosby Negotiation Gets Tricky

Mason Crosby

We’ve said it before. Mason Crosby has to be the Green Bay Packers highest-priority free agent this offseason.

He’s the only one on the list who’s any sort of consistent.

I mean, we know you love B.J. Raji for whatever reason, but his fat ass shows up for a play and then takes the next six games off.

Crosby, meanwhile, has hit more than 80 percent of his field goal attempts in the past three seasons. He’s 84 of 98 in that stretch. He also hasn’t missed a field goal in the playoffs since 2010.

We’re not going to suggest Crosby is one of the best kickers in the game. He’s never been an All Pro or made a Pro Bowl. However, he also plays in Green Bay, where it’s cold as a witch’s tit most of the time and succeeds despite that.

There’s something to be said for that and you can bet your ass Crosby’s agent is saying it.

Crosby has already said he wants to return. There’s no reason the Packers shouldn’t want him back, but you know it’s not going to be that simple.

Crosby’s last contract paid him an average of $2.95 million. He surely wants a raise, probably in the area of the $4.3 million annually New England’s Stephen Gostkowski is paid.

Gostkowski is a year younger than Crosby and has four more Pro Bowl selections and two more first-team All Pro selections than Crosby. Gostkowski also owns a 87.3 career field goal percentage. Crosby’s is 79.7.

Getting paid isn’t about being the best in the NFL though. It’s about when you’re a free agent and what the market dictates.

We know this about the Packers. They like to lowball guys, offering less while selling players on playoff appearances and history.

The Packers will also be using the leverage that they have other kickers to choose from. Baltimore’s Justin Tucker, Denver’s Brandon McManus and Cleveland’s Travis Coons are scheduled to be free agents. All hit above 80 percent of their kicks in 2015.

Our bet is Crosby returns, but lands somewhere near the average salary of his NFC North brethren. Chicago’s Robbie Gould makes $3.75 million annually and Minnesota’s Blair Walsh makes $3.25 million annually.

Not a big raise by NFL standards, but certainly big enough for a kicker.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

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13 Comments

  1. Jschizl January 22, 2016

    We could solve this easily have colt lyeria snap and hold and have Jeff Janis kick I heard he can kick harder than Chuck Norris. I heard he could beat Chuck Norris up

    1. billabong January 22, 2016

      shit, no problem…look at his ‘stash man, that right there tells you he can kick anyones ass…CM3 shines his shoes…

  2. Skinny January 22, 2016

    Ted, “Hi Mason Ted here, naw we don’t need an agent, how does 4 years 12 million dollars sound?” Good, good, glad to hear it, we’ll see you in May.

    1. Howard January 22, 2016

      Thanks Ted. I was thinking more in the range of 4 year 16 mil. As a gesture of good faith I will even train your safeties and corners how to tackle and create a forced fumble on a big fast receiver running free down the field. It may help in winning one of those close post season games.

      1. Skinny January 22, 2016

        Hi Mason, Ted here again. Russ and I talked it over and we cant go to 16. We sure do appreciate everything you’ve done for the organization the last 10 years and we want you to finish here and we know you want to be here too, How’s 4 years 13.5 sound.

        1. Howard January 22, 2016

          You drive a hard bargain Ted. 4 years 14.5 mil., 5.5 mil. signing bonus and the ginger remains my holder.

  3. Eduardo January 22, 2016


    Jschizl:

    We could solve this easily have colt lyeria snap and hold and have Jeff Janis kick I heard he can kick harder than Chuck Norris. I heard he could beat Chuck Norris up

    Gotta love it.

  4. Tuson Packer January 22, 2016

    Walsh isn’t available yet?

    hmmm….

  5. David January 22, 2016

    Jeff Janis should do the kickoffs.
    Not only would we get more touchbacks… but in the event that it wasn’t one then Janis would be down the field that much more quicker for the coverage unit.

  6. billabong January 22, 2016

    Jeff Janis is the fastest most violent man on the team, he could easily pound Big Mikes ass into the ground…he should also play halfback instead of fatass Lacy and inside linebacker, do away with those two pussy’s we got playing there now…

  7. Empacador January 22, 2016

    Janis becoming a meme right before our eyes! Ha ha!!

  8. billabong January 23, 2016

    when Jeff Janis returns to Michigan on his break, Gov Snyder leaves…

  9. elafave January 24, 2016

    Jeff Jannis doesn’t do push-ups, he pushes the earth down.

    Jeff Jannis tattoos have tattoos that have tattoos.

    Jeff Janis doesn’t flush, he just scares the shit out of it.

    Jeff Janis is dead, Death hasn’t built up the courage to tell him yet.

    Jeff Janis can start a fire by rubbing 2 ice cubes together.

    Jeff Janis is 6’3″ and 210+ and runs a 4.40 40, gets no practice reps and has two receptions all season, had 140 yards and 2 td’s in a playoff game.

    Mike McCarthy want a big reciever. ?