The Jacksonville Jaguars have been dealing with a situation regarding the contract of kicker Josh Scobee. The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Scobee and the team has until July 16 to sign him to a long-term deal. Scobee, of course, want a new long-term deal and the the Jaguars have re-opened talks about a deal, according to a source close to the situation.
Scobee has skipped the entire off-season program so far, but has stated multiple times that he will not miss any regular season games. It remains to be seen whether or not Scobee attends training camp, but team sources believe he will be in attendance.
If the two sides fail to reach an agreement by July 16, Scobee will have to play under the franchise tag, valued at $2.88 million. It is believed that he is looking for a three or four-year deal worth around $3.25 million annually. This deal would be similar to the one Matt Prater signed earlier this off-season. If Scobee doesn’t sign a deal, however, the Jaguars won’t be able to fine him. He’s technically not under contract because he hasn’t signed his franchise tender.
If I had to guess, and hey, what do I know, I would say that the two sides will reach an agreement before the deadline. Scobee is a valuable kicker because he handles kickoffs as well. But Scobee doesn’t sign a new deal, expect him to play under his franchise tender and attempt to re-negotiate throughout the 2012 season.
Of course, the Jaguars also have another potential holdout in Maurice Jones-Drew. That situation is entirely different because Jones-Drew is still under contract for two more years. Again, I would guess that Jones-Drew reports to training camp.