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Packers Bring Back Mason Crosby with Five-Year Deal

The Packers have retained their kicker, agreeing to a five-year deal with Mason Crosby, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports.

Crosby, who turns 27 a few days before the 2011 season-opener against the New Orleans Saints, has handled the kicking duties for the Packers since being chosen in the sixth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Colorado. In 64 games, Crosby is 107-of-137 (78.1% ) on field goal attempts, and has 47 career touchbacks, a number that his agent, Mike McCartney of Priority Sports, expects to improve with the new kickoff rules.

“I expect a lot of series starting from the 20,” McCartney said . “I think it’s going to be great for Mason. He’ll be able to show off that powerful leg

“When you kick from the 30, sometimes it’s hard at Lambeau to just kick it out. You’ll see a lot more touchbacks. It’s hard to kick in that place. But he’s thrilled. He’s back with the Super Bowl champs.”

And with the talent on that defense, 80-yard touchdown drives will be a challenge for Packers’ opponents.

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