It is no secret that Mason Crosby’s name has been floating around as a cap casualty and that has become more of a possibility with the tryout of former LSU kicker Cole Tracy. After somewhat of a down year from Crosby, he could soon be on the outside looking in. If Tracy proves to be as consistent as he was at LSU and Assumption College, where he played three of his four collegiate years, he will quickly make fans forget about Mason Crosby.
Reasons Tracy Could be the Kicker of the Future:
- Tracy has a career field goal percentage of 83%. Take out his poor sophomore season and that moves his field goal percentage to 90%.
- Tracy also boasts a 97% extra point percentage, although, college still uses the traditional extra point.
- Tracy will undoubtedly be cheaper, and if Gutekunst wants to sign other teams’ cap casualties, he will need more cap space to work with.
- Mason Crosby has never had a field goal percentage higher than 90% and only 6 of his 12 seasons above an 80%.
- The Packers currently have 2 kickers on the roster aside from Tracy, meaning the front office is looking to improve the position.
Reasons Tracy Will Not be the Kicker of the Future:
- College does not always translate to the NFL (i.e. Roberto Aguayo).
- Kicking at Lambeau Field in December is hard. Tracy played at LSU where it is warm. Assumption College is in Massachusetts, so hopefully he played in a few cold weather games.
- The last time Crosby struggled and competition was brought in, he followed it up with one of his best statistical seasons. Competition breeds excellence.
- Mason Crosby is clutch, no matter what Skip Bayless says.
Mason Crosby will always be a fan favorite despite his struggles. He represents the Packers and Green Bay well, and he is one of the only players left from the 2010 Super Bowl team. While it is unlikely that Crosby gets cut, it is still interesting to see Gutekunst bring in another kicker on top of the two already on the roster. Hopefully the competition is fun and eventually makes the team better for the foreseeable future.