Mason Crosby has taken a pay cut to remain with the Green Bay Packers and while the much-maligned kicker can make up the money he gave up through incentives he’ll need to match the best season of his career to get it all back. Crosby who was scheduled to earn a base salary of $2.4 million in 2013 as part of the five-year $14.75 million deal he signed in July 2011 will now earn a base salary of $800000. Yahoo! Sports was first to report the news. According to a source with access to NFL Players Association contract information Crosby’s base salary will become fully guaranteed for the season if he’s on the roster on Saturday Sept. 7 – the day before the Packers open the season at San Francisco. But by staying on the roster and improving on his accuracy Crosby can make some – if not all – of the $1.6 million he gave up back. “Mason had zero interest in leaving the Packers” Crosby’s agent Mike McCartney told ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky. “He is really confident that last year is behind him.” According to the source Crosby will receive a $400000 roster bonus if he’s on the roster for Week 5 of the season and another $400000 roster bonus if he’s on the roster for Week 10. Then Crosby can earn another $800000 back in performance-based incentives. After the season if he’s made 75 percent of his field-goal attempts – something he failed to do last year – he would earn another $200000 back. If he makes 80 percent of his field-goal attempts he’d make back another $200000. And if he made 85 percent of his attempts – something he’s only done once in his career in 2011 – he’d make another $400000 back. Crosby made just 63.6 percent of his field-goal attempts in the regular season last year but held off Giorgio Tavecchio and late arrival Zach Ramirez to keep his job. Crosby is the only kicker on the Packers’ roster entering Thursday night’s preseason finale against Kansas City. In 2011 Crosby had his best year making 24 of 28 field-goal attempts (85.7 percent). If he matches that performance he’ll have earned every penny he was scheduled to be paid.
Crosby can earn every penny of pay cut with 2011 rerun
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