Steelers Trade 6th-Rounder For Scobee

Jaguars kicker with strong kickoff leg, 81 percent FG accuracy, traded to Steelers. (Update)

According to Jeff Prosser, a blogger for 1010XL, the Jacksonville Jaguars have traded Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The site tweeted Monday morning that "Scobee tells (Prosser) he's already on his way to Pittsburgh."

The Steelers announced later in the afternoon that they traded a sixth-round pick for Scobee.

The Steelers have already traded a conditional 4th-5th pick in next year's draft for cornerback Brandon Boykin.

The Steelers are in need of a kicker after Shaun Suisham's replacement, Garrett Hartley, injured his hamstring kicking off in Saturday's preseason game at Buffalo. Suisham, of course, is on Injured Reserve with a torn ACL suffered in the Hall of Fame Game.

Scobee, 33, is a 12th-year veteran who's made 81 percent of his career kicks since being drafted out of Louisiana Tech in 2004.

This preseason, Scobee has made both of his field-goal attempts, including a 52-yarder. He was made expendable due to the kicking of rookie Joel Meyers, and because of cost. Meyers has a minimum-wage contract while Scobee is in the last year of a contract that will pay him $3.43 million. The Steelers must take on that salary, although the Jaguars have agreed to pay part of it.

Scobee is a strong-legged kicker who had only 35 percent of his kickoffs returned last season. Suisham, by comparison, had 63 percent of his kickoffs returned.

In a preseason game against the Steelers, Scobee knocked all four of his kickoffs out of the end zone and also kicked a 36-yard field goal.


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