There is no question that the Green Bay Packers should do what they can to re-sign Mason Crobsy for next season and beyond. But if negotiations on a long-term deal don’t go as well as planned, the Packers should’t hesitate to use the franchise tag.
Three seasons ago, when Crosby had the worst season of his career and connected on just 63 percent of his field goals the Packers stuck by him. And he rewarded with three consecutive season of making better than 81 percent of his kicks.
In 2015, he had the second best year of his career in terms of field goal accuracy as he connected on 85.7 of his field goal attempts (24-of-28). He was also perfect on extra points (34-of-34) and he still has plenty of leg on kickoffs which is still an advantage for Green Bay.
Crosby has spent all nine of his NFL seasons in Green Bay and at the age of 31 he still has plenty of good years ahead of him.
The former Colorado product has also said that he wants to remain in Green Bay, so I’m optimistic that the two sides can find common ground and come to an agreement to keep him off the free agent market.
Crosby was a key part of a special teams unit that was much improved this past season and in all honesty Green Bay can’t afford to be without him next season. Good kickers are hard to find and as we learned in the AFC Championship Game and from Blair Walsh in the Wild-Card round — one bad kick can be the difference between winning and losing.
So even if the Packers have to use the tag, it would only cost them $4.5 million next season, which is a relative bargain to have peace of mind in the kicking game.