JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 01: Running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars rushes upfield against the Indianapolis Colts January 1, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Jaguars Offseason: Josh Scobee's Contract Gets Done

The Jacksonville Jaguars are getting ready for training camp and recently extended kicker Josh Scobee and are still hoping running back Maurice Jones-Drew will show up.

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Jaguars Free Agency 2012: Kicker Josh Scobee Signs A 4-Year Deal Worth $3.45 Million Per Year

One of the two biggest names that were holding out for the Jacksonville Jaguars finally signed on Monday. Kicker Josh Scobee signed a four-year deal with the Jaguars worth $3.45 million per year, according to a tweet by Florida Times-Union Jaguars beat writer, Tania Ganguli.

Scobee's deal now puts him as the third-highest paid kicker in the NFL behind Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski and Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson.

Now the Jaguars only have to worry about putting a deal together for running back Maurice Jones-Drew and then all the players that they need to have ready for the 2012 season will be under contract.

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Aaron Kampman Released By Jacksonville Jaguars

After two unproductive seasons that have been destroyed by injuries, the Jacksonville Jaguars have parted ways with defensive lineman Aaron Kampman. His release was announced at a press conference on Thursday. Kampman was scheduled to make $5 million this upcoming season.

Kampman, a former Pro Bowl selection, had an extremely productive career with the Green Bay Packers before injuries derailed his career. He hasn't been able to play at that level since 2008, the last year he played as an end in Green Bay. He tore his ACL in 2009, which marked a career downturn. He recovered and was given a four-year, $24 million contract by the Jaguars in 2010, but never stayed healthy long enough to be worth that much to the Jags.

Even though Kampman's eventual release was widely anticipated because of his large salary, there was always a small chance that he could make the roster. His departure means that Austen Lane, who is recovering from an injury of his own, and rookie Andre Branch will have chances to play regularly this upcoming season.

For more on the Jags, head over to Jacksonville Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.


SI's Don Banks: Blaine Gabbert Will Lose Starting Gig By Week Three Of The Preseason

Though the Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to begin training camp, the quarterback controversy has already begun. Sports Illustrated's Don Banks wrote today that former Miami Dolphins signal caller Chad Henne will take over for the Jaguars under center by week three of the preseason -- as part of his "7 strong hunches for the 2012 season." That would leave projected starter Blaine Gabbert, the team's 10th overall selection from the 2011 NFL draft, holding a clipboard.

Remember when the Jaguars were trying to decide how much they wanted to go after Tim Tebow in trade earlier this offseason, a competition they ultimately lost to the New York Jets? There were those inside the Jacksonville organization who were ambivalent about the move, believing that even with Tebow on board, Henne, the ex-Dolphins starter, would beat out both players by late August. Let's just say that sentiment hasn't changed with Henne now competing only against Gabbert.

Jacksonville head coach Mike Mularkey has, however, insisted throughout OTAs that there is no quarterback competition. Moreover, CBS Sports' football writer Pete Prisco responded via Twitter that he hasn't "heard that from anybody inside that building."

Stay tuned.

For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars visit SB Nation's Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.


Maurice Jones-Drew Skips Voluntary Workouts

The Jacksonville Jaguars will hit the field again on Tuesday for another set of voluntary workouts. The team will be without kicker Josh Scobee, who has refused to sign his franchise tag, but the team will also be without their biggest offensive weapon.

Running back Maurice Jones-Drew skipped the first set of voluntary workouts, with rumblings that he's looking for a new contract after leading the NFL in rushing in 2011, and he's not expected on Tuesday when the team gets back out on the field. Currently, Jones-Drew is preparing for the season down in Miami, as he does every year.

Jones-Drew is expected to report to EverBank field when the workouts become mandatory, with or without a new contract to go with his impressive season last year. With the worst passing offense in the league, Jones-Drew led the NFL in rushing with just over 1,600 rushing yards.

For more on the Jacksonville Jaguars visit SB Nation's Jaguars blog Big Cat Country.


Blaine Gabbert And Toughness, Or Buzzwords

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert has had his toughness questioned, but that's not the right thing to be knocking him for.

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