Packers 2011 Free Agency News: Kicker Mason Crosby To Sign Five-Year Contract Extension
Early Wednesday morning Mike McCarthy reported to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the team has reached a deal with the 26 year-old kicker.
“He’s thrilled. He’s back with the Super Bowl champs.” McCarthy said after mentioning that the new rule change that moves the kickoff to the 35-yard line will benefit Crosby and he will “be able to show off that powerful leg.”
This should bring a smile to the face of every Packers fan. Since Crosby joined the team in 2007 he has shown the Packers that he can be one of the best long field goal kickers in the league. His career accuracy is a solid 78.1% and he has kicked a 50+ yard field goal each of his four seasons.
There is something to be said about the fact that he has never had a field goal percentage of above 80% in a season. He doesn’t seem to have that Adam Vinatieri or Rob Bironas reliability, but there are probably over 25 other NFL teams that would love to have Crosby on their squad. He is still very young and has plenty of time to work on his accuracy. If he can do that, there is nothing stopping him from being able to retire a Green Bay Packer.