It appears as if Bart Scott’s days as a New York Jet might be numbered. This upcoming season, Scott is due 4.2 million in guaranteed money in addition to a 250,000 workout bonus. With so much money guaranteed, instead of electing to cut Scott, and take a salary cap-hit, the Jets are allowing his camp to explore trade options.
Following a season laden with player squabbling and inner turmoil, the Jets emotional leader was unable to rally a fractured locker room. In fact, Scott’s final curtain call for the Jets 2011 season was flipping “the bird” and swearing at a photographer just one-day after the team’s season ending loss to the Miami Dolphins.
While Santonio Holmes’ rift with teammates Brandon Moore and Mark Sanchez nabbed headlines, Scott’s frustration with his diminished playing time clearly reached a boiling point. At 31 and entering his 11th season at the grueling inside linebacker position, the Jets foresee Scott as merely a situational defender.
As prideful and animated as players come, Scott reluctantly accepted the reduced role last year, but as the Jets season came crashing down to Earth, so did the linebacker’s last nerve. Jets fans became accustomed to Scott’s brash talk—following his head coach's lead—and his fierce physicality on the field, but the linebacker’s play began to dip towards the end of the 2010 season.
With the Jets front office aiming to build a roster filled with veteran leaders and high character players, Scott’s time in New York appears to be striking midnight. Scott is still under contract and while the Jets and No. 57 have reached a mutual parting of the ways, his trade value is considerably low. If the Jets don’t’ receive a suitable offer, it’s possible they would retain him.
Scott’s future with the team, while bleak, is still uncertain. As the Jets attempt to restructure the shattered pieces of a disappointing season, it looks as though Scott might not be a part of their championship puzzle.
Rick Laughland covers the New York Jets for Greenandwhitereport.com
You can follow him on Twitter @rlaughland
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