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Packers give Tim Masthay a contract extension

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Tim Masthay has a pretty good gig and he stands to hold onto it for a while longer.

Masthay only had to punt 55 times last season, there were 27 punters with more attempts, but the Packers obviously liked what they saw in his limited appearances on the football field. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the the team has come to terms on a four-year extension with Masthay that kicks in after the 2012 season.

Per Rapoport, the deal will pay Masthay $5.465 million with $1.2 million guaranteed. Masthay will make $540,000 this season so he stands to make just over $6 million in the next five years. That’s not as much as guys like Shane Lechler, Thomas Morstead and Andy Lee will make, but it’s a nice chunk of job security for a player who had to win a training camp competition two years ago. It should also make running backs feel good to learn that there’s still one kicking job that doesn’t pay better than their chosen profession.

Masthay averaged 45.6 yards per punt last season and dropped 23 punts inside the 20-yard-line against four touchbacks. His gross and net averages were both improved from his first season with the team and the Packers obviously think that trend will continue or at least plateau at a high enough level to keep punting from being a problem in Green Bay for the next few years.

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7 Responses to “Packers give Tim Masthay a contract extension”
  1. bla bla bla says: Aug 3, 2012 10:29 AM

    Excellent. Best punter the Pack has had since Hentrich.

  2. mvp43 says: Aug 3, 2012 10:39 AM

    As much as people tend to pile on kickers and punters, it’s nice to know those positions are shored up before the season starts. There’s nothing worse than watching your team give up field position because of special teams.

  3. ufullpj says: Aug 3, 2012 11:27 AM

    Once again, GB takes care of their own first. Good move by the team. Additionally, he’s become a phenomenal holder for Crosby. With Goode snapping, and Masthay / Crosby as the specialists, GB is in a great situation with their specialists.

  4. rpiotr01 says: Aug 3, 2012 11:48 AM

    Feh, they should have saved that money for BJ Raji’s ice cream sandwich stipend for the next 5 years.

  5. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 3, 2012 11:49 AM

    I like this kid alot. I saw him try to run down a punt returner on a long return, and he completely laid himself out trying to make the tackle. He missed, but I’d not seen a punter that physical since Darren Bennett.

    Another example of why the Packers front office is one of the best in the NFL.

  6. scoops1 says: Aug 3, 2012 12:14 PM

    MVP of the NFC championship game vs the bears

  7. bobnelsonjr says: Aug 3, 2012 8:04 PM

    Curious move by the Packers. Masthay was on the active roster but did not step onto the field for several games last season.

    Why would the Packers spend the money on a position they really don’t need?

    The real story here is his real value is as the holder for the occasional Field Goal. For him to punt is very rare.

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