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Jaguars Free Agency 2012: Josh Scobee Receives Franchise Tag

The Jacksonville Jaguars have been trying to sign their kicker Josh Scobee to an extension, but it appears that the two sides could not reach an agreement, and the team had to franchise him.

Placing the franchise tag on Scobee means that he will play under a one-year deal for no less than the average of the top five highest paid kickers in the NFL. It used to be an honor to be considered the teams "franchise" player, but now because of injury and non-gauranteed contracts, players prefer to sign the longer deals that ensure a steady pay day for years. But there aren't a lot of kicker injuries, so it isn't as bad for Scobee as it could be for players at more dangerous positions.

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