The Packers didn't need the franchise tag for Crosby because just hours after the deadline for using it passed, the veteran agreed to terms on a four-year deal worth $16 million. It includes a $5 million signing bonus. The $4 million average yearly salary ranks second in the NFL behind New England's Stephen Gostkowski ($4.3 million) among kickers with multiyear deals. In expressing a desire to stay in Green Bay, Crosby said near the end of last season that he felt connected with Aaron Rodgers both because of their ages and the nature of their jobs. Both of them are directly responsible for putting points on the board, and when one isn't able to do it the other is there to pick him up. And as long as Crosby benefits from Rodgers and the team's prolific offense, he'll remain a high-end fantasy kicker. Crosby has made at least 80 percent of his field goals in four of his last five seasons, attempting at least 28 kicks in each of those years.
Mason Crosby 2015 Outlook
It’s worth noting that Crosby set an NFL record for the most points scored by a player in his first seven seasons (2007-13) with 903, besting the previous mark held by former Colt Mike Vanderjagt (874, 1998-2004). Last season, Crosby made all but six of his 40 field goal attempts (including playoffs). As for the new PAT rule? Crosby described himself as “indifferent” when it comes to the rule change moving extra-point attempts back to the 15-yard line (33 yards), according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky. Yet, Crosby expressed concern for his blockers and the overall flow. Crosby has only failed to convert four out of 405 extra-point attempts since entering the league in 2007, but two of them came last season. In addition, Mason has been practically automatic on field goals of either 32 or 33 yards, the new distance for PATs. He has made 19-of-21 kicks from that distance in his career and working in concert with one of the league’s most prolific offenses keeps Mason in the fantasy conversation regardless.
Mason Crosby 2014 Outlook
For a guy who was in serious danger of losing his job last summer, Crosby came through with the kind of effort he needed to secure his job for another year. Indeed, Crosby is coming off the best season of his seven-year NFL career. He followed his worst season by making 33 of 37 regular-season field goals, including all eight from 30-39 yards. For his career, he has made 78.7 percent of his field goals, including 86.6 percent from 30-39 yards. He heads into the 2014 season having racked at least 100 points in seven straight seasons, and he'll face no real competition in training camp this time around. Oh yeah. He also plays alongside a Packers offense that's traditionally among the league's most potent. Despite Aaron Rodgers missing seven games with a broken collarbone, the Packers still finished the season ranked sixth in scoring. Look for that rate to increase this year. And Crosby will benefit from it.