Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee and the club have until 4:00 pm EST to hitch their stars together for 2012 or longer. Scobee was given the team’s franchise tag earlier in the offseason after the team could not reach a long-term agreement with the 92% kicker. Scobee is one of the most outspoken players on the team and has one of the better reputations the league-over. His big leg has helped to secure wins against AFC South rivals Indianapolis on numerous occasions (back when Peyton Manning made them relevant). Unless a long-term deal is reached by four this afternoon, Scobee will play under the franchise tag for the season and cannot enter a long-term deal until after the season.
While talks continue with Scobee, the kicker has publicly noted that he will play under the franchise tag for the season if need be. He looks forward to getting a deal done with the club but negotiations have been long and are now abutting the league-mandated timeframe for franchise players signing their tenders. Scobee, along with five other players are holding out on signing the tender in the hopes of getting a better deal than the average pay of the top five players at the position. Scobee, Cliff Avril, Ray Rice, Dashon Goldson, Dwayne Bowe and Matt Forte all want to see the team make a commitment to them but have yet to be effective in their negotiations.
Avril, Scobee, and Rice are undoubtedly some of the best in the league right now at their respective positions and are hoping to get paid as such. Meanwhile, Bowe and Forte are crucial parts of offenses that saw dips in production last season from the 2010 campaign. The San Francisco 49ers really like safety Goldson and would like to see his capabilities in another year on a defense that surprisingly rocked the playoff field under head coach Jim Harbaugh last year.
Scobee is due $2.88 million in 2012 under the franchise tag. His agent, who resumed talks with the Jaguars two weeks ago, is not looking for a contract in the top two players the position (Sebastian Janikowski and Phil Dawson who are both at about $4 million for 2012) but would probably like to be paid for the work Scobee does. Scobee could get a deal similar to that inked by Connor Barth of Tampa Bay who just signed a deal for $3.3 million per year. Barth made 93% of field goals in 2011, one point up on Scobee’s 92%. Matt Prater of the Broncos may be the more probable peg to be matched to Scobee and he just signed a deal for $3.25 million.
A fan favorite and crucial part of a team that struggles on offense, signing Scobee has been a focus of Jaguars fans and the team through the offseason. We all hope that at some point during the year the two sides can get together. Until then, it will be the franchise tender for Scobee.
– Luke N. Sims
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