There was once a time when life was good for Mason Crosby. Being one of the highest paid players at his position in the NFL, on a championship contender and coming off a potential Pro Bowl season, the veteran kicker likely rode into the 2012 season as confident as ever.
Crosby's 2011 swagger carried over into the beginning of this year, as he knocked down his first five field goals, including a 54-yarder against division rival Bears.
After the first four weeks, releasing Crosby would have been considered an insane proposition: Why cut a young, yet experienced kicker with so much prior success?
It's amazing how quickly things can change in the NFL, isn't it?
After missing seven of his past 13 field goals, Crosby has lost the backing of the Packers fanbase, and more inconsistent play could put his future with Green Bay in jeopardy. While Mike McCarthy has created a strong front in support of Crosby, the Packers cannot afford to go into the playoffs with a kicker in a slump as severe as his.
While it's certainly up for debate whether Green Bay should stick with their frustrating kicker or search for another option, if Crosby continues to miss important kicks like he did against the Lions in Week 11, competition needs to be brought in for the playoff run.
If the Packers choose to part ways with there kicker, here are some capable players who they could bring in to stabilize their current fiasco at the position.