As the evening goes on, we are learning more and more details about the new contract that the Green Bay Packers have agreed to with kicker Mason Crosby.
According to ESPN's Rob Demovsky,the deal is worth $16.1 million over four years, keeping Crosby in Green and Gold through the 2019 season. Furthermore, Demovsky's source indicates that the deal has a $5 million signing bonus. That average dollar value of $4.025 milllion per year puts Crosby firmly in third place among all NFL kickers, behind New England's Stephen Gostkowski and Baltimore's Justin Tucker (who was just given the Franchise Tag this week).
We also have this report from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel's Tom Silverstein on the salary cap impact of the deal:
Expect Crosby's deal to eat up about $2.4 million of the salary cap. That leaves #Packers with about $19.1 million left.— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) March 2, 2016
Extrapolating from this report shows us that Crosby's contract will pay him $1.15 million in base salary and bonuses in 2016 - the balance between the $2.4 million reported by Silverstein and the $1.25 million that will be part of the cap charge due to the prorated portion of his signing bonus. That means that in 2016 alone, Crosby will earn a total cash value of $6.15 million.
Presumably, the contract will escalate from there, with the base salary likely to increase each year. This would make the deal pretty similar to Gostkowski's four-year, $17.2 million contract from last spring, just with Crosby earning a million less in his signing bonus and with it being a bit more backloaded into the later years of the deal.
In 2015, Crosby tied his second-highest field goal percentage of his career in the regular season (85.7%), hitting 24 of 28 attempts including four of five from 50 yards or more. Adding in his four-for-four performance in the playoffs brings him to 28-for-32, or 87.5%.