Mason Crosby, the last man standing in Green Bay’s kicking derby, agreed to a restructured deal with the Packers.
His $2.4 million base salary was reduced to $800,000, which is fully guaranteed if he’s on the Week 1 roster. He’ll have a chance to earn all $2.4 million through incentives, though to get that max amount, he’ll have to do what he’s only done once in his career: make 85 percent of his field-goal attempts.
As reported by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Tom Silverstein, Crosby will receive $400,000 if he’s still on the roster for Week 5 and another $400,000 if he’s on the roster for Week 10. Crosby also would pocket $200,000 if he makes 75 percent of his field goals. That would increase to $400,000 if he makes 80 percent of his field goals. And if he hits 85 percent of his field goals, his bonus would increase to $800,000.
Crosby made 85.7 percent of his field-goal attempts in 2011. That’s the only season in which he’s made even 80 percent of his attempts. For his six-year career, he’s at 76.8 percent.
The deal doesn’t affect 2014 (base salary of $2.65 million) or 2015 (base of $2.8 million), which are his final years under a contract signed just after the 2011 lockout.
Since missing three in a row at practice last Wednesday, Crosby made his only attempt against Seattle on Friday, went 10-of-11 at practice on Sunday and was either 13-of-14 or 14-of-14 on Tuesday, based on his disputed 58-yarder into the wind.
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