Jaguars apply franchise tag to kicker Scobee

Scobee attempts a field goal

The Jaguars have applied the franchise tag to kicker Josh Scobee.

Scobee has not signed the franchise tender yet as he hopes to reach a long term deal with the Jaguars.

Teams had until 4pm on Monday to use their franchise tag on a player under contract. The Jaguars had been working up until the final hour to get a long term deal done with Scobee.  And according to Gene Smith that is still the Jaguars plan, he told the Jaguars official website, “it is our goal to reach a long-term deal with him,” Smith said. ” “[Scobee] is someone that I have great respect for as a player and as a person.”

Scobee has not yet signed the tender which would see him make about $2.6 million in 2012.

Scobee’s agent Ken Harris said, “Josh is obviously disappointed in the choice to use the franchise tender,” Harris said. “While we have no plans of signing the tender at this point, we’ll see if the long-term contract Josh deserves can eventually be reached.”

Until he signs the tender or reaches an agreement on a long term contract with the Jaguars Scobee is free to talk to other teams. However, if another team signs Scobee to a contract they would have to compensate the Jaguars with two first round draft selections.  A price no team is willing to pay for a kicker.

Scobee is in his 8th season with the Jaguars and he made 92% of his field goals in 2012.

This is an anticipated move by the Jaguars and I expect they will eventually reach a long term deal with Scobee.

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