The Jets have given Bart Scott permission to seek a trade, and the talk coming out of his camp suggests that Scott can’t wait to leave.
Scott’s agent Harold Lewis told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com that Scott is “extremely frustrated” with his role in the defense and that it’s “destroying him” that he’s no longer being used the way he used to be in coach Rex Ryan’s defense, both with the Jets and the Ravens.
Of course, the reason Scott’s role has been diminished is that he’s not as good as he used to be. Scott will turn 32 in August and just isn’t the same player he once was.
Scott agreed to take a pay cut last year in return for having his $4.2 million salary guaranteed this year. Now the Jets may wish they hadn’t made that deal, because it looks like they’re going to be stuck paying $4.2 million to a player who’s extremely frustrated, and who no longer performs at a Pro Bowl level.