The Jacksonville Jaguars have locked up one of their most underrated offensive weapons for the foreseeable future.
The Jaguars and kicker Josh Scobee agreed to a four-year contract worth $13.8 million only a mere hours before the NFL deadline to negotiate with players who have had the franchise tag placed on them.
The deal gives Scobee $4.75 million in guaranteed money and will pay him $3.45 million annually. It makes him the second highest paid kicker in the NFL on a multi-year deal behind only Sebastian Janikowski of the Oakland Raiders.
The Jaguars placed the franchise tag on Scobee back in February when both sides failed to agree to a long-term deal before the free agency period opened. Despite both sides expressing their interest in getting a long-term deal done, the Jaguars did not have much negotiations with Scobee until faced with this deadline.
While Scobee said he would have played under the franchise tag this season, both sides really wanted the have a long-term contract in place before the 2012 season got underway.
Scobee, who has become a fan favorite in his eight seasons in Jacksonville, has been the Jaguars top offensive weapon outside of running back Maurice Jones-Drew for the past couple of seasons. He gives the Jaguars a legitimate chance to score every time the offense moves the ball over the 50-yard line.
Scobee has also earned a reputation for having a knack for making clutch field goals late in the fourth quarter. He has also earned a reputation for having a strong leg and supreme accuracy on long field goal attempts.
The Jaguars will now turn their attention to getting first-round draft pick Justin Blackmon to sign a deal before training camp starts and trying to get Jones-Drew to play this season without getting the new contract he desires.