In a rare trade for a kicker, the Jacksonville Jaguars today traded veteran kicker Josh Scobee to the Pittsburgh Steelers, who were desperately in need of a kicker after Shaun Suisham tore an ACL in the preseason opener and after his replacement, Garrett Hartley, injured his hamstring last week.
It is, of course, the end of an era for the Jaguars, as Scobee has been with the team since 2004 and is their all-time leading scorer, having scored 1,022 points and made 235 field goals in his career, hitting 80.8% of his kicks. Of course, Colts fans will remember him all too well - during his time in Jacksonville, he hit three game-winning field goals against the Colts.
The first was in 2004, when he hit a 53-yard field goal with 38 seconds left to beat the Colts. The second came in 2008, when with just four seconds left in the game he hit a 51-yard kick. And then in 2010, he broke the Jaguars' franchise record for longest made field goal by drilling a 59-yard kick as time expired to beat the Colts. In fact, from 2004-2010, the Jaguars beat the Colts just four times in seven seasons (14 games). Three of those four victories came courtesy of a Josh Scobee game-winning kick. During his eleven years in Jacksonville, Scobee hit 35-of-45 field goals against the Colts (77.8%) and all 35 of his extra point attempts.
I don't think there will be many Colts fans unhappy that Scobee will no longer be facing the team twice a year, but the team will still play him in 2015 when they travel to Pittsburgh early in December to take on the Steelers. As for the Jaguars, it sounds like the team will turn to Jason Myers, even though he hasn't played in a meaningful NFL game. Alfie Crow over at Big Cat Country writes that Myers has "shown off a strong leg so far in camp and the preseason" for the Jaguars, however, so it seems that the Jaguars like their kicker situation and that likely led to the decision to part ways with Scobee.