Remember three years ago when Rex Ryan, who had just been hired as head coach of the New York Jets, showed up at Bart Scott’s home in Owings Mills shortly after midnight -- minutes after the free agency period began -- and told the free agent he wasn’t leaving Baltimore without him? The honeymoon appears to be over.
According to The New York Post, the Jets will attempt to trade Scott, who is entering the fourth year of the six-year, $48 million contract he signed in 2009. The former Ravens inside linebacker is said to be “very frustrated” after his playing time plummeted in 2011, but his agent claims Scott has not requested a trade.
It may be difficult for the Jets to find a suitor for Scott, as the 31-year-old has three years and $22.6 million left on his deal and his salary-cap number will be $5.95 million in 2012, according to The New York Post. In case you are wondering if the Ravens would be interesting in trading for Scott, taking on a salary like that for an aging player isn’t their M.O. It’s unclear if the Jets will cut Scott if they cannot find a trade partner.
Scott, one of Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome's finest undrafted free agent gems, played his first seven seasons in Baltimore, starting 58 games in his last four seasons with the Ravens. His finest season was 2006 when he had a 103 tackles, 9.5 sacks and two interceptions -- all career highs.
He became an unrestricted free agent before the 2009 season. With the Ravens prioritizing fellow linebacker Ray Lewis, who was also a free agent that offseason, Ryan went all-in his pursuit of Scott, famously showing up at Scott’s house unexpectedly to recruit him (after fending off two of Scott’s German shepherds).
Meanwhile, the Ravens locked down Lewis, a free agent for the first time in his career, to a seven-year, $44.5 million contract that pretty much ensures the 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker will retire a Raven.