Former Baltimore Raven inside linebacker and current New York Jet, Bart Scott, has been given permission by the Jets to seek a trade, according to the New York Daily News,’ Manish Mehta.
Scott, 31, has three years remaining on his six-year, $48 million deal he signed with the Jets prior to the start of the 2009 season.
Former Ravens defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan, who was named the Jets’ head coach in 2009, brought Scott over with him from the Ravens to help the Jets learn the ins and outs of his defensive scheme that flourished in Baltimore.
Scott, who restructured his deal before the 2011 season, agreed to take a $1 million paycut in 2011, if his his 2012 base salary of $4.2 million would be fully guaranteed. Scott is also scheduled to earn $6.9 million in 2013 and $7.75 million in 2014, so it makes little sense for the Jets to keep Scott at those costs.
Scott became noticeably frustrated with his reduced playing time and role in the Jets’ lackluster 8-8 campaign. As is the case with most older linebackers, Scott was taken out on many third down situations due to the Jets’ concern that he was a liability in pass coverage.
He appeared in only 677 snaps after topping the 1,000 mark in each of his first two seasons with the Jets, according Pro Football Focus’ website.