The Jaguars and kicker Josh Scobee haven’t been able to find common ground in their discussions about a long-term contract.
Jacksonville placed the franchise tag on Scobee when they weren’t able to come to terms on an extension before the deadline for using the tag, which would pay Scobee $2.88 million. Scobee hasn’t signed it and his agent tells Tania Ganguli of the Florida Times-Union that there haven’t been any constructive talks about a deal.
“On both sides of this equation there are really good people. There are good people on the Jags side. There are good people on Josh’s side,” said Ken Harris. “I have to give Josh a ton of credit. He had me convey invitations to them on three different occasions to sit down, for he and I and their top brass to sit down together and talk, and that hasn’t come to pass.”
Scobee made 92 percent of his field goals last season, the highest percentage of any kicker who also handles kickoffs. Scobee hit 12-of-14 tries from 40 or more yards.
Ganguli reports that the contract the Raiders gave Sebastian Janikowski has been part of the issue between the Jags and Scobee. Janikowski signed a four-year, $16 million contract in 2010, but Harris said that Scobee isn’t exclusively using Janikowski’s deal as a comparison in negotiations with the Jaguars. According to Harris, Scobee’s demands don’t land him in the top couple of spots when it comes to annual salary although that doesn’t seem to have swayed the Jaguars all that much.