Of all the Green Bay Packers players that are not coming back in 2023, Mason Crosby might have been the one fans were most sad to see go. Not only is he the franchise’s leading scorer, the Packers do not have a proven kicker to replace him. Going into OTA’s, they had sixth round pick Anders Carlson and undrafted free agent Parker White on the roster. However, White was recently released leaving Carlson as the lone kicker on the roster.
General manager Brian Gutekunst has not completely closed the door on bringing Crosby back, but Molly Crosby essentially confirmed that Mason will not return to Green Bay in a social media response to Simone Biles, the wife of new Packers safety Jonathan Owens. While the former Packers kicker has not officially retired, he also has not found a new team. A recent roster move by the Denver Broncos, however, could change that.
Could Former Green Bay Packers Kicker Mason Crosby End Up with the Denver Broncos?
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Broncos just released Super Bowl winning kicker Brandon McManus who spent the last eight seasons with the team:
A surprise: the Broncos informed kicker Brandon McManus, the last remaining member of Denver’s last Super Bowl team, and the man who has kicked for the team since 2014, that they are releasing him, per sources. There’s now an added veteran kicker for kicker-needy teams. pic.twitter.com/4ezFtqHXGH
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 23, 2023
Of course, Crosby played his college football at Colorado, so the setting may be somewhat familiar to him. Additionally, the Broncos may see Crosby (who made 86% of his field goal attempts in 2022) as an upgrade over McManus (who made 77%). A kicker needy team and a familiar setting could be the perfect fit for the former Packers kicker.
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