Does anyone really care about a kicker holding out? If your offense is as bad as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ was last season, the answer is yes. Josh Scobee has been the only consistent weapon outside Maurice Jones-Drew for the Jaguars these past few years, and the kicker appears ready to hold out of training camp if he does not get a new deal.
“There’s no reason for me to show up on my good faith being that I’m the player, I’m the employee, when they choose not to speak.”
Sounds like Scobee is not too happy with the way things are going, but when you have a contract negotiations going on at the same time with a player the caliber of MJD, it’s hard to fault the organization. A top five running back and arguably the team’s best player is going to take precedence over a kicker. That’s the hard and fast truth of it.
Fortunately for the Jaguars, Scobee does not plan on missing any games. This part of it is confusing to me.
“I don’t want to miss games or anything like that,” Scobee said. “That’s just not me, that’s not me as a person. I’m not going to sit out or anything like that…I don’t want anybody doing my job. That’s been my job for the last 8 years.”
So you’re gonna hold out of training camp for a new contract, but you’ll sign the franchise tender before the regular season no matter what. So what is the point of the hold out if the team you’re holding out against knows they will get you this season no matter what? Seems to be counter-productive, but hey, it beats practicing in 100 degree weather.
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