In a rather shocking move, the Jacksonville Jaguars have reportedly traded longtime kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Details about the compensation haven’t come out yet, but it’s likely a 6th or 7th round pick given Pittsburgh doesn’t have a 5th rounder available.
This was something that was speculated about earlier last week, but I thought it was extremely unlikely the Jaguars would get compensation for either Scobee or Jason Myers. A complete unknown, Myers has some massive shoes to fill as we head toward week 1 of the regular season.
Drafted in 2004, Scobee is one of the longest tenured Jaguars of all time. He’s had numerous game-winning field goals and has been one of the most consistent players in franchise history.
All of that aside, I don’t mind this trade. Year after year we see teams pick up kickers off the street who are more than serviceable for the entire season. Scobee is on the final year of his deal and is likely not coming back, so why not try and get some sort of compensation for his departure.
Additionally, Myers has been pretty darn good in camp and the preseason. He’s shown an extremely strong leg and will probably be good enough on field goal attempts. The only thing we still need to see is how he performs when the pressure is on.
Still, it’s hard to see a franchise favorite like Scobee go. Thanks for everything Scobee, we’ll always have that 59 yarder.
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