Spouse of longtime Packers participant seems to verify he’s leaving group
It’s been a future for Inexperienced Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby, but it surely might all be over, per his spouse Molly.
Mason Crosby is 39 years previous. He’s been in Green Bay for over a decade, however as his leg weakens, it hurts the group as nicely. Nonetheless, Brian Gutekunst’s feedback on the NFL Mix appeared to counsel he’d be again for one more yr:
“We’ll by no means shut the door, we’ll type of see the place that goes,” Gutekunst said. “He had an excellent yr this previous yr. Once more, we’re restricted just a little bit financially. However we’d by no means say by no means.”
That sounds promising.
Nonetheless, Crosby ceaselessly struggled on kickoffs final season, which gave opponents nice area place to begin drives. That hurts not solely Inexperienced Bay’s particular groups, however their protection as nicely. Is it the tip of an period for the Packers?
Packers: Mason Crosby’s Inexperienced Bay profession could also be over
When Simone Biles introduced the signing of her husband, Jonathan Owens, by the Packers, Crosby’s spouse commented on her husband’s future. It didn’t sound promising.
The tweet has since been deleted, however not earlier than Inexperienced Bay followers caught on:
mason crosby’s time with the packers involves an anticipated, unofficial finish after 16 seasons. he finishes because the franchise’s all-time main scorer and the only proprietor of most consecutive video games performed for the group — he’s been the kicker since a variety of us have been simply children.
— zach jacobson (@itszacharyj) May 13, 2023
Zone Coverage laid out the argument in opposition to bringing Crosby again in April, and it’s not fairly:
“Crosby was useless final within the league in touchback share final season, and his 60.7 common kickoff yards are the second-lowest of his profession. Whether or not harm or age, the drop-off was steep in 2022. This one passes the attention check. His 15 touchbacks have been 25 fewer than the prior 5 seasons when he kicked over 40. Let that sink in. That’s like hitting with a nine-iron as an alternative of a Large Bertha driver.”
Add in that he’s unlikely to make most of his area objectives over 50 yards, and it’s limiting for an offense that now not options Aaron Rodgers. Jordan Love is certain to have his hiccups, and the Packers want a kicker who can guarantee any profitable drive the offense places collectively will finish in factors.
Crosby isn’t that, which is probably going why he’s on the outs.