Josh Scobee said it best Friday morning on 1010Xl’s Sports Final Radio) broadcast. The kicker for the Jacksonville Jaguars knows he is not a quarterback or other “star” of the team, but like everyone else, he wants a little more job security than just a one-year “franchise” tender.
Scobee was given the franchise tag shortly before the start of the free agency period this offseason and has yet to sign the tender, which would guarantee him a 1-year salary of $2.88 million.
Not bad for a guy who was the second most important scoring option on a 5-11 team last year.
According to a report on NFL.com, the lack of negotiation between Scobee’s agent, Ken Harris, and the team’s management is frustrating.
Scobee has said there has been little talk between the two sides in recent weeks and the idea of missing games or game checks is not an option for someone who wants to be part of this franchise for the long term.
"I don't see that as being an option," Scobee said. "I don't want to miss games or anything like that. 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 eight years."
Right now, both sides have until July 16th to work out a long-term solution to a lingering problem that has to weigh heavily on the minds of the fans and management with the team also dealing with Maurice Jones-Drew and his holdout over wanting a new or renegotiated contract.
It is my belief the Scobee situation will work itself out. There are a few options in play here; play under the franchise tag and sign the tender, holdout after training camp opens at the end of July or seek and sign a long-term deal with the team. Scobee is one of those players who have stated all along this is where he wants to be.
He also told Jeff Prosser of the 1010XL radio program that he believes the two sides will come to some deal for the future and he will be ready when the season starts.
But for now, Scobee is not under contract and therefore, not a member of the team. The Jaguars did sign Brandon Coutu to a 1-year deal in case negotiations with Scobee further dissipate.
Right now, the team needs to realize its two best weapons are sitting at home. While you can argue the Jones-Drew situation is more vital to the growth and development of the team, don’t overlook the need to have the team’s all-time leader in scoring on the field for practice and team chemistry.
According to Brian McIntyre of NFL.com, "It's a bit surprising that no deal has been reached. Scobee is in the prime of his career, was deadly accurate in 2011 (92 percent on field goals, including five-of-six from beyond 50 yards) and the contract floor and ceiling are pretty well established."
McIntyre also said he thought a contract averaging just over $3 million per season with $4.5 million or so in guaranteed money should get this deal done.
In the meantime, Scobee is still on his own waiting and wondering, just like the fan base, about when a deal will be struck.