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Report: Packers sign kicker Giorgio Tavecchio

Giorgio Tavecchio AP

A shaky season from kicker Mason Crosby has led to the Green Bay Packers bringing in some offseason competition.

According to Matteo Gandini of Sportitalia, former University of California kicker Giorgio Tavecchio has signed with the Packers. The move was also confirmed by John Breech of CBSSports.com.

Tavecchio went to training camp with the San Francisco 49ers last season before being let go in favor of veteran David Akers during final cuts.

Crosby converted just 21 of 33 field goal attempts (63.6-percent) for the Packers last season. In his first five seasons in the league, Crosby had never converted at less than a 75-percent rate. Tavecchio converted 48 of 64 field goal attempts (75-percent) during his four-year career at California.

Crosby has not had to face competition in training camp since his rookie season. Crosby won the job over incumbent Dave Rayner after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2007 NFL draft. Crosby has converted 152 of 198 attempts (76.8-percent) and missed just two extra points in six seasons with the Packers.

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17 Responses to “Report: Packers sign kicker Giorgio Tavecchio”
  1. rgledz says: Mar 26, 2013 12:27 AM

    Sheesh…..that’ll be a culture shock for the poor guy. From Cali to Green Bay……”Hi Giorgio….here is the bar…..there’s the liquor store…bar…bar and another bar. That’s pretty much it. Welcome to Wisconsin!”

  2. shaggytoodle says: Mar 26, 2013 12:43 AM

    Well I hope Crosby can figure it out, he has the leg strength that playing in GB demands.

    If he doesn’t, the Pack can’t afford to be leaving points on the field.

  3. raiders8977 says: Mar 26, 2013 12:53 AM

    I remember at Cal. He’d have multiple PATs blocked but then nail a 50 yarder.

  4. buckybadger says: Mar 26, 2013 1:26 AM

    Would hope Bing Crossbar would have gotten over his troubles but bringing in competition is a must. Expect it to be in several positions as well.

  5. murtdurt says: Mar 26, 2013 5:21 AM

    For someone who consistently drafts Crosby (mainly because he plays on a team that is extremely offensively gifted, but also because he shares the name of the best hockey player since Gretzky) I’m excited for the packers. I will look to draft this kid as he can’t be as bad as mason was last year and if you play on the GB packers you’re bound to put up points

  6. 28for20 says: Mar 26, 2013 5:34 AM

    Plus he makes a mean pizza!

  7. aaronitout12 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:56 AM

    Who says the Packers don’t play in free agency? LOL

    In all seriousness, kicking competition should have been brought in last season. Thought McCarthy supported Crosby 100%??

  8. richcranium2112 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:59 AM

    A move Packers fans can appreciate given the clunker season provided in 2012!

  9. jimmysee says: Mar 26, 2013 8:14 AM

    Never seen him kick — but he has a great name! Like an Italian disco record producer!

  10. 15starr says: Mar 26, 2013 8:29 AM

    Finally, packers make a splash in free agency!

  11. landof10000lakes says: Mar 26, 2013 9:18 AM

    That’s an awesome name.

  12. thejuddstir says: Mar 26, 2013 10:02 AM

    For all the “in TT we trust” fans, here’s an interesting stat. In the past 6 years of playing, Crosby has missed 46 FG’s and during the same time period, R. Longwell only missed 26 FG’s. Guess all those “washed up Packers” aren’t so washed up when TT gets rid of them. Sharper went on to win a SB with Saints*.

  13. nineroutsider says: Mar 26, 2013 10:25 AM

    Good for him! Disappointed the 9ers didn’t turn to him last season early on when Akers was struggling. He will kick in this league; it’s just a question of when. I honestly would have loved to see them start with him this year, but the 9ers have an affinity for aged kickers. McCarthy will stick with Crosby though, just like he has stuck with Dom.

  14. deltaoracle says: Mar 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    Oh wow Juddstir, you sure put a nail in Thompson’s coffin there. Of course one guy was kicking in a dome and the other guy out in the elements. And one guy was also letting kickoffs be returned more often. But anyway thanks for playing and watch for your lovely parting gifts coming in the mail soon.
    P.S. – How many players have won Super Bowl rings before joining or after leaving the Vikings as opposed to while they were with the Vikings? I’ll help you out – second part of the question is “0.”

  15. ShimSham says: Mar 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    “Guess all those “washed up Packers” aren’t so washed up when TT gets rid of them. Sharper went on to win a SB with Saints*.”

    And the Packers went on to win a Superbowl without him, so…

  16. axespray says: Mar 26, 2013 8:52 PM

    Getting Rid of Longwell gave us cap room….that was then spent to get Charles Woodson and Ryan Pickett – two guys that helped us win a superbowl.

    Longwell …. Favre and Childress sure didn’t trust him with a long distance attempt…. otherwise they’d have just let him kick instead of going for another shot downfield.

  17. Canned Heat says: Mar 27, 2013 3:01 PM

    aaronitout12 says: Mar 26, 2013 7:56 AM

    Who says the Packers don’t play in free agency? LOL

    In all seriousness, kicking competition should have been brought in last season. Thought McCarthy supported Crosby 100%??
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    Whether he does or not….McCarthy doesn’t pick the players, Ted Thompson is the decision maker on personnel.

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