Jaguars Trade Kicker Josh Scobee To Pittsburgh Steelers; Jacksonville Reacts
The Jacksonville Jaguars have traded the team's longest-tenured player on Monday morning, releasing kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Scobee, 33, was a fifth-round pick of the Jaguars in the 2004 NFL Draft and is the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 1,022 points. The team franchise tagged Scobee in 2012 before signing a four-year deal to stay with the team.
The Steelers were left with few options at kicker after losing Shaun Suisham to a torn ACL in the Hall of Fame Game and Garrett Hartley to a hamstring injury.
Scobee will join the Steelers with one year left on the four-year deal he signed with the Jaguars, and will be due $3.425 million in 2015.
The contract is likely the reason why the Jaguars elected to part with Scobee in a trade instead of Jason Myers, a first-year player who made four of five field goal attempts in the preseason, including a successful try from 55 yards against the New York Giants. Myers has a three-year, $1.575 million deal with the Jaguars.
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