The Jaguars have been in negotiations with kicker Josh Scobee for a long time. Make no mistake, the team knew that Scobee was going to ask for money this offseason and probably started talking to him during the season. It’s a matter of paying for the value at the position.
Currently the Jags have placed the franchise tag on Scobee – meaning that if he signs the tender he will be paid the average of the top five highest paid players at his position. Not a bad deal. But Scobee wants a long term deal.
Curiously, so do the Jaguars. Yet a deal doesn’t seem to be getting worked out.
While I don’t know the actual content of the negotiations, it is probably fair to surmise that the Jags want Scobee around for the next four to six years and Scobee wants the same but probably wants to be paid like the top kicker in the league. Which, make no mistake, he is. Sebastian Janikowski has a bigger leg (barely), but he isn’t nearly as accurate as Scobee’s 92% from last season. So, why not pay the man? I can’t find a reason not to.
Adam Stites over at Big Cat Country doesn’t think the long contract dispute will hurt Scobee’s play. But the effect on the locker room may be the bigger problem to worry about.
The sooner Scobee and the Jags get a deal done, the better. I know that he’s franchised through the season, but don’t expect a happy kicker who easily has the biggest attitude (at least on Twitter) on the team.
- Luke N. Sims