The Green Bay Packers have said goodbye to many longtime starters this offseason, from Aaron Rodgers to Randall Cobb to Marcedes Lewis.
It seems Mason Crosby, the Packers' all-time leading points scorer and kicker since 2007, also won't be back this season.
Crosby has played in every Packers game since the 2007 season, an incredible run. Many Packers fans have never seen their team play without Crosby. That shows his longevity, which is even more impressive at the kicker position. Some teams change kickers multiple times per year.
Crosby's contract expired at the start of the new league year in March. As of yet, he remains unsigned.
The Packers drafted a kicker, Anders Carlson, in the sixth round, the first time they have done so since selecting Crosby 16 years ago. That already seemed to indicate a transition.
Mason's wife, Molly Crosby, appears to have confirmed their departure from Green Bay on Twitter.
Packers News: Is Mason Crosby leaving?
Responding to a fan's tweet about Mason and Molly Crosby leaving Green Bay, Molly responded: "I know…sort of feels Ike graduating high school. But sadder."
It sure seems like the end of an era. In the same offseason Aaron Rodgers leaves Green Bay, it would appear Crosby also won't be back.
All signs pointed toward this when the Packers drafted a kicker, something they rarely do.
Crosby is entering his age-39 season. If he still wishes to play, he should have plenty of options. Maybe a reunion with Mike McCarthy in Dallas would make sense.
The Packers are getting younger across their roster and also need to save salary cap space wherever possible. Both could be reasons for making a change at kicker.
At this point, nothing is official. Crosby is still a free agent. However, it seems likely his legendary career in Green Bay is over.