The Jacksonville Jaguars have restarted contract talks with kicker Josh Scobee. They have until July 16th to get a contract done, otherwise the long-term deal cannot be signed until after the season. Scobee has held out the entire offseason and has threatened to hold out for training camp but said he would not miss any regular season games.
The pricing for kickers contracts has gone exponentially this off-season with the large deals given to Connor Barth and Matt Prater. Barth is getting $3.3 million a year for the next four years and Prater will get $3.25 for the next four years.
Scobee is one of the best kickers in the game today. Last year he only missed two field goals the entire season. He also kicks off which some kickers do not do now. This past year almost 63% of his kickoffs were touchbacks. I fully expect Scobee to be with the team at some point soon. I don’t think Jacksonville wants to keep franchising their kicker for the next few years, especially when you get a 20 percent raise on it every year.
It’s amazing that kickers are now making so much money. The top kickers are now a premium asset for teams and they are getting rewarded for that. Scobee is certainly in that class. He will get his. The only question is when.