Jaguars sign kicker Josh Lambo ahead of free agency
The Jacksonville Jaguars announced on Wednesday they had re-signed kicker Josh Lambo ahead of NFL free agency.
The Jacksonville Jaguars won’t be looking for a new kicker come free agency as the team announced Josh Lambo had signed a new deal with the organization on Wednesday.
Adam Schefter of ESPN.com broke the news on his Twitter account.
"“I’m not quite sure it has set in yet,” Lambo said after signing the extension. “This whole NFL journey has been a little wild and very unexpected. Now, that I’ve gotten to a point to where I can sign an extension with this club, it’s really special.”"
The move was one of the more pressing for the Jaguars. Josh Lambo has been one of the team’s most consistent players since signing during the season in 2017 and was part of the reason the Jaguars finished 10-6 and champions of the AFC South. A groin injury hampered the end of his 2018 campaign.
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Lambo is the second would-be free agent to sign with the Jaguars. Three weeks ago, Jarrod Wilson and the team came to an agreement on the three-year extension. The move has led to speculation safety Tashaun Gipson could become a cap casualty when free agency begins in March.
Wilson, who signed with Jacksonville as an undrafted free agent in 2016, has appeared in 47 games with two starts during his three-year career. Wilson has 21 tackles, two pass breakups and one forced fumble. He also is an important part of special teams, totaling 16 tackles.
"Per Jaguars.com, Lambo, 28, has converted 38 of 41 field goals and 41 of 44 extra points in 23 games with the Jaguars. He converted 19 of 21 field goals last season, missing the final three games of the season with a groin injury."
With the lack of offense this past season, where the passing game was stagnant and injuries damaged the running game, Josh Lambo at times was the only guarantee the team would score on the field.
Now that the contract signing is behind him, the next step is for him to fully heal from the groin injury and do what he does best – kick field goals when called upon.
The Jaguars now face other decisions when it comes to NFL free agency, which officially begins March 13. The team is over the cap with high-priced contracts. Some players, including Gipson, could be asked to take a pay cut or be released. The moves could mean a different look on the offensive line and at the running back position.