It appears that Bart Scott and the New York Jets “can’t wait” to part company.
Jets officials met with Scott’s agent at the NFL scouting combine and heard from Harold Lewis that his client is “extremely frustrated,” according to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini.
Scott, once considered the anchor of Rex Ryan’s defense, was used in a lesser role last season and did not play on passing downs as the season advanced. Lewis said that a possible trade was discussed but said that he did not request a trade or receive permission to seek one. Scott’s goal is to remain a Jet, Lewis said, but “if we can’t fix what’s broken, there will be other opportunities.”
The Jets are going to prefer to trade Scott, who took a $1 million pay cut last summer in exchange for a guaranteed 2012, for a late-round draft pick rather than cut him. It figures to be a frustrating process, piled on top of the frusration of the 2011 season. Scott, 32, was so frustrated after the 8-8 season ended that he flipped an obscene gesture at a photographer in the locker room and was fined $10,000 by the team.
The team across town managed to do what the Jets could not last season and — surprise — Lewis said Scott would go to the New York Giants “in a heartbeat.”
But Scott’s survival in the NFL may be tied to a bigger issue. According to Cimini:
Scott’s position — weak-inside linebacker — is becoming obsolete. With the proliferation of spread offenses, inside ‘backers are being replaced by nickel corners. Late in the season, I asked Scott about his diminished playing time and he said, “It’s an adjustment. Football is changing. They’re going with more three and four wides, and you want to get another cover guy out there.”