As the Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars made a deal Monday morning for kicker Josh Scobee, no details on the trade were released. As the day progressed, more details were released to the public.
The Steelers received Scobee, and the Jaguars received a sixth round draft pick in return. As Scobee is going to receive his full $3.4 million dollar contract in 2015, the contract will be split between the Steelers and Jaguars. Therefore, Pittsburgh will not be forced to absorb the full cap hit of Scobee's existing contract.
Some might shake off a sixth round draft pick, but if you look at the Steelers' draft history a sixth round pick is certainly valuable. Antonio Brown is the most common reference in terms of sixth round picks turning into consistent players, but other Steelers who were drafted in the sixth round and are contributing in a big way for the Steelers are Vince Williams and Daniel McCullers. Not to mention a seventh round pick in Kelvin Beachum who is the team's starting left tackle.
The Steelers value draft picks, and have already traded two of them away before the start of the 2015 season. Other than today's transaction, the other traded pick was a 5th round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles which will most likely turn into a 4th round pick for CB Brandon Boykin.
At this point, the discussion has to be brought about in regards to what the team will do in 2016 when Shaun Suisham returns from an ACL injury, and Scobee could be a viable option for them at placekicker.