The Steelers continued a rough pre-season, losing their second kicker to injury. Following a torn ACL for longtime kicker Shaun Suisham, the team signed Garrett Hartley. Hartley was lost to a hamstring injury during the 3rd preseason game this past Saturday.
In light of this, the Steelers hit the trade market and acquired a veteran kicker:
The trade is a bit of a surprise, as Scobee is one of the top paid kickers. The expectation was that they would go out and sign a minimum salary undrafted kicker and try to discover the next Justin Tucker or Steven Hauschka, but they chose to go out and get a proven veteran.
If Josh Scobee's contract remains unchanged, Steelers will have $7.14M in cap $$ consumed by two kickers. Costly injury to Suisham.
If Josh Scobee's contract remains unchanged, Steelers will have $7.14M in cap $$ consumed by two kickers. Costly injury to Suisham.— Ian Whetstone (@IanWhetstone) August 31, 2015
He wasn't particularly accurate last year either:
The place he is a big improvement is from long distances:
Past 3 years: Scobee: Inside 50: 60-66, 90.9 %. 50+ 8-13, 61.5% Sushi: Inside 50: 85-89, 95.5%, 50+ 2-6, 33.3% @Steigerworld— David Todd (@DavidMTodd) August 31, 2015