Anthony Olivetti

Packers' Mason Crosby Takes A Major Pay Cut

Created on Aug. 30, 2013 8:00 AM EST

The Packers have reportedly agreed to a restructured contract with K Mason Crosby. 

Crosby, who signed a five-year, $14.75 million deal in 2011, was due to make $2.4 million this season. The new contract will have Crosby making $800,000 in base salary this season, which becomes fully guaranteed if he’s on the roster Sept. 7. He will also have the opportunity to earn back some of the money given up through roster and performance bonuses. The restructured deal only applied to this season, with the remaining two years on his deal not being affected.

After signing the extension in 2011, he had a career year, making 85.7 percent of his field goal attempts while adding 49 touchbacks. He followed that year up with a down 2012 season that saw him hit on just 63.6 percent of his attempts.

The team tried pushing Crosby, bringing in Giorgio Tavecchio during training camp, but the competition never truly developed. Tavecchio struggled in the preseason going 1-for-2 on field-goal attempts while Crosby was a perfect 4-for-4. The team also recently brought in undrafted free agent rookie Zach Ramirez, but both have since been waived, making it clear that the Packers still believe that Crosby is their best option.

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