Packers punter Tim Masthay was rewarded Friday with a four-year contract extension that included a $1.2 million signing bonus. John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

Masthay gets four-year extension

While most Packers fans have been anticipating the possibility of the franchise locking up star wide receiver Greg Jennings to a contract extension that would keep him in Green Bay for many years to come, the team announced a different contract extension Friday – one for punter Tim Masthay.

The Packers’ punter who won the job as a walk-on in 2010 was awarded a $5.5 million contract that will run through 2016. It includes a $1.2 million signing bonus.

Masthay has helped the Packers improve special teams play each year and was instrumental in the Packers’ 2011 Super Bowl run with several huge games down the stretch.

During his time with the Packers, Masthay has averaged 4.6 yards per punt and 38 yards. Last season, he averaged 45.6 yards per punt and 38.6 gross.

Maybe now it’s time the Packers move on to sign Jennings?

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