The Green Bay Packers got their biggest remaining free agent priority taken care of on the final day to designate franchise players. Mason Crosby signed a new, four-year deal that will pay him much like a kicker who received the franchise tag.
Crosby’s deal is worth $16.1 million and includes a $5 million signing bonus.
That currently makes him the third-highest-paid kicker in the entire NFL.
Crosby ($4.025 million annually) comes in behind New England’s Stephen Gostkowski, who makes $4.3 million annually, and Baltimore’s newly franchised Justin Tucker, whose franchise tag carries a one-year salary of $4.572 million.
That’s a nice bump for Crosby, who made an average of $2.95 million annually on his last deal.
Crosby hit on 24 of 28 field goals in 2015 and is 236 of 296 in his nine NFL seasons, good for 79.7 percent.
I've been off the grid for the afternoon. I am so happy to be back with @packers, thank you for all the love. #Packers #lovinlife
— Mason Crosby (@crosbykicks2) March 2, 2016
Great seeing my friend and longtime teammate @crosbykicks2 coming back for another 4 years!
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) March 2, 2016
Along with the new PAT rules comes a higher price tag for kickers. Everyone else will soon fall in line.
Good signing! There are no other of ours to worry about IMO. Now watch Terrible Ted sign more of his “fellas” like Raji who sucks, Kuhn who Rip can replace and Peppers who’s best is way behind him. Then he’ll save whatever cap money he’s got left and sign some dog shit street TE or OL. Love these stupid fucking predictions every year that TT will change. He never will! He’s a socially awkward gay man that’s got his own way of doing things and eventually we will run out of HOF qb’s. He’ll be in Key West by then and the answer to a trivia question
Peppers is already under contract, there’s nothing for Ted to sign – and that guy who’s best years are behind him still lead the entire team with 10.5 sacks last season.
Great deal for Packers. I don’t know if they keep a stat on Kickers tackles on kickoffs but I bet Crosby would be right at the top of the group.
Good deal. About right. I wouldn’t be surprised if they still brought Perry back a couple days into free agency once he tests his worth.