Crosby & Packers agree to deal

Good news.

Mason Crosby was the Green Bay Packers’ top priority in free agency, and the veteran kicker got a deal done less 24 hours after the window opened to negotiate with unrestricted free agents.

His agent, Mike McCartney, reported in an email sent to the Press-Gazette at 8:19 a.m. Wednesday that his client has agreed to terms on a five-year deal. No financial terms were immediately available, but it’s expected the deal will make him among the highest-paid kickers in the league.

Crosby, who has a 78 percent career accuracy mark on field goals, told the Press-Gazette on Tuesday that he was confident a deal would get done soon.

“Prior to (the lockout), we had some good conversations, and I think both sides seem to be very happy,” Crosby said. ”I know I’ve been happy here the last four years. I love my teammates, love the city, so I’m hopeful and confident we’ll have some good talks the next couple of days and get something done.”

New CBA rules prevent Crosby from signing the contract until 5 p.m. Friday. He also won’t be able to practice until Aug. 4, the first day of the league year.

Good kickers in cold-weather climates are hard to find. This should hopefully be an area that isn’t a concern for a number of years.

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