Jaguars sign K Coutu to replace Scobee for now

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed kicker Brandon Coutu and waived rookie cornerback Dontrell Johnson.

The Jaguars needed a kicker for organized team activities, which begin Tuesday. The team placed the franchise tag on veteran Josh Scobee, who has yet to sign the one-year tender. Both sides want a long-term deal, but little progress has been made.

Jacksonville worked out kickers Long Ding, who was trying to become the first Chinese-born player to make an NFL roster, and Jay Wooten. But they declined to sign either.

A seventh-round draft pick by Seattle in 2008, Coutu was out of the league in 2009 and 2010. He spent a week on Jacksonville's practice squad last year. Coutu made his NFL regular-season debut in the final game of last season with Buffalo.