During the 2011 season, Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby was one of the most effective and efficient kickers in the league, posting a near 86% accuracy rate.
But in a league where it’s all about ‘what have you done lately’, Crosby was nothing short of awful in the 2012 campaign, hitting just 60% of his attempted field goals.
That lead to the Packers requesting Crosby to restructure his contract, which he agreed to do considering he’d be out of a roster spot had he not.
Scheduled to earn over $2 million dollars for this season, Crosby has been dropped down to a base salary of just $800,000 (just, lol). Though, Crosby will have an opportunity to elevate that over $1.5 million through roster bonuses and incentives.
Per Yahoo Sports:
Green Bay Packers kicker Mason Crosby has restructured his contract, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed to Shutdown Corner on Thursday.
Crosby had been scheduled to earn $2.4 million in base salary during the 2013 season. Under the restructured contract, Crosby will earn $800,000 in base salary, which will be fully guaranteed if he’s on the team’s roster on Saturday, Sept. 7. Crosby can make up the $1.6 million difference via roster bonuses throughout the season and through performance incentives.
The remaining two years of Crosby’s contract were not changed.