Jacksonville Jaguars: Should Jags Fans Worry About Josh Scobee Being Unsigned?
Jaguars fans should worry about the contract situation of a kicker. You won't hear that often, but in this specific case it rings true.
Scobee was given the franchise tag back on March 5, which he has yet to sign. According to Jacksonville.com, the tag is worth about $2.8 million for kickers.
Scobee is a free agent and can not sign a long-term deal until after July 16.
The Jaguars have enough on their plate this offseason with the contract situation of running back Maurice Jones-Drew and the arrest of rookie wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Scobee's situation may not be as high-profile as the other two, but it is a big deal from an on-the-field standpoint.
Scobee scored 93 of Jacksonville's 243 points last season, making him a very important part of the offense for better or for worse.
According to a report from USA Today back on March 5, Scobee only needs 10 more points to pass former Jaguars great Mike Hollis for the most in franchise history—a testament to the stability Scobee has given the Jaguars during his time in Jacksonville.
Things could get very interesting before this is all said and done. This has the potential to affect other things within the organization—mainly the situation with Jones-Drew.
If general manager Gene Smith eventually gives Scobee what he wants—which would be a long-term deal—would Jones-Drew feel miffed or slighted about the team handing over a long-term deal to a kicker instead of him, the franchise running back?
Scobee and Jones-Drew are in different situations as Scobee is unsigned and Jones-Drew is signed and under contract for the next two seasons, but it will be worth keeping an eye on the contact situation of a kicker for the first time, to the best of my knowledge, ever.
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