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Crosby can make back pay cut via incentives

Aug. 29, 2013
 
Packers kicker Mason Crosby during training camp.
Packers kicker Mason Crosby during training camp.

Mason Crosby can make up all $1.6 million he gave up in a recent pay cut if he’s on the Packers’ roster for 10 games and makes 85 percent of his field-goal attempts.

A source with access to NFL salary information confirmed that the Packers’ kicker accepted a pay cut from $2.4 million to $800,000. He can make up some or all of the $1.6 million in incentives.

If Crosby is on the Packers’ roster for the fifth game of the season, he’ll receive a $400,000 bonus, and if he’s on the roster for the 10th game, he’ll receive another $400,000 bonus.

He’ll also can receive bonuses for hitting a given percentage of his field-goal attempts. If he makes 75 percent, he’ll receive $200,000. If he makes 80 percent, $400,000, and if he makes 85 percent, he’ll make $800,000.

The pay cut comes after Crosby made only 63.6 percent of his attempts last season and followed up with an up and down training camp that included suffering through a 3-for-8 performance on Family Night and three straight misses from mid-range during a short kicking period two weeks ago.

However, after the Packers signed a third kicker last weekend, Crosby responded by making 24 of 25 kicks. The Packers have cut both of his competitors, Giorgio Tavecchio and Zach Ramirez, so Crosby is the only kicker on the Packers’ roster.

Since Family Night, Crosby has converted 59 of 66 field-goal attempts (89.4 percent) in practice and preseason games. For all of camp, he’s made 71 of 85 field goals (83.5 percent).

The rest of Crosby's contract was not changed. He's scheduled to make $2.65 million in base salary next season plus a $150,000 workout bonus. In 2015 his base salary is $2.8 million plus a $150,000 workout bonus.

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