When Josh Scobee received the franchise tag over four months ago in early March, common thought was that it would simply be a temporary designation that would result in a long-term contract over the summer. Typically that's what the franchise tag leads to and there's no better example than the five-year, $100 million contract that Drew Brees received from the Saints after receiving the tag earlier in the year.
However, the deadline is quickly approaching for the Jaguars to reach that new deal. Per Tania Ganguli, if a deal isn't reached by the afternoon on Monday, July 16, then Scobee will be locked into a one-year deal under the tag for the 2012 season.
That wouldn't be the end of the world, but it certainly wouldn't benefit either side. The Jaguars have made it clear that they want Scobee with the team, but if they're unable to agree to a long-term deal now, it definitely leave the veteran kicker happy about his situation with the team.