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Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

Posted on: February 27, 2012 11:01 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 11:02 pm
After three years, Bart Scott's tenure with the Jets appears to be over.  (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

When Rex Ryan arrived in New York three years ago, he wasted little time bringing some of his former Ravens players with him. Linebacker Bart Scott was one of the first, signing a six-year, $48 million deal with the Jets in February 2009. Scott's skills have diminished to the point that the organization has given him permission to seek a trade, according to the New York Daily News's Manish Mehta.

The Jets restructured Scott's deal before the 2011 season, which offered some immediate cap relief in exchange for a 2012 base salary of $4.2 million. As his production slips, it becomes increasingly difficult to justify that salary.

More details via Mehta:
Scott's base salary is $6.9 million in 2013 and 2014. Scott's guaranteed base salary in 2012 makes it unlikely that the Jets would simply cut him. Financially, it won't make much sense.

Scott, 31, grew increasingly unhappy with his diminished playing time during the Jets' disappointing 8-8 season. He was routinely taken out on third downs due to the team's belief that he had difficulty in coverage.
Scott had 54 solo tackles in 2011, his lowest total since arriving in New York (though he had four sacks after logging one each in '10 and '09). And according to Pro Football Focus, Scott played fewer snaps last season than he did the previous two.

Not surprisingly (at least not after watching this again), Scott's frustrated. His agent Harold Lewis told's Rich Cimini that Scott's diminished role was "destroying him," but noted that his client's "ultimate goal" is to stay with the Jets.

"If we can't fix what's broken," Lewis said, "there will be other opportunities."

It appears that Scott's tenure with the Jets will end one way or another this offseason. Ideally, New York would like to trade him in the hopes of getting something in return for a guy that'll count $5.9 million against the cap. The most likely scenario, however is that the team will end up releasing Scott, who probably won't generate much interest on the trading block when teams know that he'll be a free agent in the coming weeks.

As for possible destinations, Lewis declared that Scott would play for the Giants "in a heartbeat."

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Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:54 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

UGH!  and to think that at one time this team seemed so close to being able to put it all together.  Now it is looking like an enormous mosaic of would have's, could have's & "oh, never should have done that!"

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:54 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

He was a good/great player in the Ravens system, but that doesn't mean it translates into being a great player on ANY other team. I can't remember how many LB'ers left Baltimore and then suffered a horrible career after leaving. Ed Hartwell, Adalius Thomas, Bart Scott and others...perhaps there is something more to it than just raw talent eh?

Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:48 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

Good riddance,overrated and a troublmaker,also too many stupid penealtys! 

Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:54 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

It baffles me that the Jets still dont realize their problem is wearing #6.  Had they not wasted a 1st rd 5th overall pick on him he would have been gone after this pathetic season.   Everything stems from how the QB performs.  The Jets have a lot of talent at WR and TE but they're only as good as the QB they're playing with. 

As for Scott, I'm sure he "Can't Wait" to hear how his contract plays out. 

Since: Mar 26, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:52 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

Not the first LB that has left the Ravens and turned out to be a no show.  bart "thought he was the caliber of Ray, but in reality, he was no where close.  that's why the Ravens let him go.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:34 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

I like Bart Scott, the Jets need to retain this guy and not let him go.  The whole defense seemed to have diminished skills, it's not only Bart Scott.  If he goes elsewhere, he'll bounceback nicely and help his new team a ton. 

Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 8:33 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

Yup, keep the ridiculously overpaid malcontent SanAntonio and get rid of a leader like Bart Scott. Another brilliant move by the collective braintrust. Tannenbaum and Wrecks really suck. Jets are looking at 6-10 in 2012. Even Buffalo will be better than them, and Rex will get the back page of the NY Posts every day with some ridiculous statements. They'll be like 4-8 and he'll say, "we're going to the Super Bowl!"  Hahaha!

Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:47 am

Jets give LB Bart Scott permission to seek trade

At least this guy is team player and good leader.  They Jets keep Holmes and will let this guy walk.  That says it all about this bunch.

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