Josh Scobee, scheduled to become a free agent on the 13th has received the Jacksonville Jaguars’ franchise tag. This gives Scobee a one year deal that pays the average for the top five kickers in the league, 2.6 million dollars in 2012.
This came after the Jaguars and Scobee were reportedly working on a long term deal. The talks have come to stall, for the time being, and he will be with the team for at least another year. Josh Scobee has been a very reliable kicker over his eight years in the league looks to be dominant once again in 2012.
The Jags gave Scobee the “non-exclusive” tag that allows him to negotiate with other teams. But the price of two first-round draft picks is steep and with Oakland set with their first round kicker (Sebastian Janikowski) and lacking picks, I doubt any other team has the management/culture to pony up such a high price for a kicker.
With contract talks obviously coming to a halt, I wonder if Scobee is looking to see how successful the Jags can become in the near future and how his role plays in the future. With a solid season, definitely look for Scobee and the Jaguars to come together and get a deal done.
– Luke N. Sims