For the second straight offseason the Jacksonville Jaguars are having trouble locking up one of their key special teams performers.
Last year the Jaguars failed to re-sign punter Adam Podlesh as he left for a more lucrative deal with the Chicago Bears, which ultimately led to the Jaguars using a third-round pick on punter Bryan Anger in last month’s NFL Draft. This offseason the Jaguars are trying to get their kicker Josh Scobee locked up for the long term.
According to Tania Ganguli of The Florida Times-Union, the Jaguars and Scobee are no closer to getting a long-term contract done.
The Jaguars used their franchise tag on Scobee back in March after they failed to get a new deal done before the start of free agency. Scobee has yet to sign his franchise tender in hopes that a long-term contract can be reached before the start of the 2012 season.
Without a kicker currently on the roster, the Jaguars have brought in the latest internet sensation Long Ding. Ding, a kicker from China, has been with the Jaguars this week during their rookie camp and has drawn a lot of attention from the media.
While Ding has no chance to supplant Scobee as the Jaguars kicker, the team needs a kicker on the active roster to get through camp this summer. That kicker could be Ding.
While both sides have a desire to get a deal done, Scobee’s agent Ken Harris told Ganguli that there have not been any negotiations between the two sides recently.
Scobee is coming off one of his best seasons of his eight year career with the Jaguars. He made 23 of his 25 field goal attempts last season, including six made field goals of over 50 yards.