Packers Claim K Sam Ficken

The Packers have claimed kicker Sam Ficken off of waivers from the Seahawks, a source tells Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Ficken now appears poised to compete for the club’s kicking job alongside Mason Crosby

Ficken served as Greg Zuerlein‘s injury replacement, but the Rams cut him prior to Zuerlein recovering. Ficken’s brief trial period ended after he missed two of three field goal tries between Weeks 3 and 4.

Crosby, meanwhile, has been the Packers’ kicker since entering the league in 2007. On the whole, Crosby has been very solid, but he had some shaky moments last year, including four missed field goals in a 31-23 loss to the Lions in October.

For his career, Crosby has converted on 80.4% of his field goal tries and 98% of his extra point attempts.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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12 comments on “Packers Claim K Sam Ficken

  1. Tankittothelimit

    About time they brought in some competition for Crosby. Doubt this guy will do it but I want someone to unseat him. Crosby’s been going downhill the last couple of years and his salary is ridiculous for a kicker – of his current ability. Was hoping they could cut him (or restructure, but that ain’t gunna happen).

    • Matthew Heywood

      While I agree Crosby has been declining be carful what you wish for. Being a bear fan I have seen how replacing kickers can be tricky and hurt a team

      • Tankittothelimit

        Very true Matt, I just can’t justify (to myself) the near $5M Cap hit for a now (slightly above?) average kicker. He’ll be gone after 2019 either way as the Packers will have to scramble for every cent next offseason.
        I’m sure after a year or two of a high rotation of kickers I’ll be pulling my hair out with the rest of the division. Take care

        • Matthew Heywood

          Trust me the kicker turnstile sucks and I don’t wish that on anyone even the packers.

  2. avs5103

    I love this guy’s bio pic in this article. Its got to make the Packer fan optimistic…

  3. playicy

    Crosby hasn’t been that accurate as late, but in his glory days he was exceptional at making field goals and extra points, but time catches up too

  4. jessethegreat

    Crosby struggled earlier in his career, but with the help of that psychiatrist got back on his game. He’s earned a longer leash. Some healthy competition can be beneficial, but don’t make any rash moves. Bears and Vikings fans both wish they would have stuck with Gould and Carlson right now.

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