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Jets give Bart Scott permission to seek trade

Bart Scott, Daniel Thomas AP

The Jets restructured Bart Scott’s contract before last season to save cap room. Now they are paying for it.

Scott is guaranteed $4.2 million in 2012, plus a $250,000 workout bonus.  The Jets would love to avoid paying that for an aging, part-time player with diminishing skills. With that in mind, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the Jets have given permission to Scott to seek a trade.

The rest of the league has informally replied: “Good luck with that.”

There’s no chance Scott would get that much guaranteed money on the open market. So there’s even less of a chance that a team will give up a draft pick in order to pay Scott.

The bigger question following this news: Will the Jets simply cut Scott when they find no takers for him? Mehta writes it is unlikely because of the guaranteed money.

As Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets try to build a roster with fewer off-field issues, they may be hesitant to bring back a player so clearly unhappy with his playing time last season.

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48 Responses to “Jets give Bart Scott permission to seek trade”
  1. paleandpasty says: Feb 27, 2012 4:11 PM

    Another player with a big contract that the Jets can’t get out of. I love it!

  2. bigjdve says: Feb 27, 2012 4:13 PM

    Sucks to be the Jets on this one.

    They might just have to eat it on this one.

  3. emmac13 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:13 PM

    Come to Cleveland. But bet he goes back to Bmore.

  4. 1andonlykingp says: Feb 27, 2012 4:13 PM

    Looks like things are heating up.

    Funny, considering how Bart Scott has been our vocal leader and has said he loves playing for Rex (even want as far as saying he would die for him).

  5. mikewasserson says: Feb 27, 2012 4:16 PM

    This has the Tom Cruise “Who’s coming with me?!” scene from Jerry Maguire where no one follows him written all over it.

  6. realnflmaster says: Feb 27, 2012 4:17 PM

    All bark, no bite. Good thing we have Josh Mauga, who will supplant Patrick Willis as the best ILB in the league.

  7. chaspapa says: Feb 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    As a Ravens fan, I miss Bart’s play on the field, but certainly not his attitude off it. I always felt he was a hot-headed loudmouth, and I was content to see him take his baggage to NY along with his loudmouth coach. Now that the honeymoon is over, I’m guessing Jets fans are starting to tire of the dog-and-pony show, but it looks like they’re stuck with it for a little while longer.

  8. We'reFineThere says: Feb 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    Eagles always need linebackers but in this case I think they Can Wait

  9. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 27, 2012 4:19 PM

    Remember when it was between Rex taking Ray or Bart with him to NY… Rex should have brought Ray with him instead.. You think that locker room would have been the way it was with Ray in there? Think again.

  10. detroitrollin22 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:20 PM

    Looks like he “Cant Wait” to get outta New York.

  11. n0hopeleft says: Feb 27, 2012 4:21 PM

    CANT WAIT to see what his reaction is when NO ONE WANTS HIM.

  12. idkid1980 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    It should be fun to see where Scott ends up. In fact, I CAN’T WAIT!

  13. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Feb 27, 2012 4:23 PM

    Only guy with a chance to supplant Willis is NaVorro Bowman

  14. romeisburningtfb says: Feb 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    The Jets “CAN’T WAIT” to dump this worthless dirt bag. Too bad 31 other teams “can wait” for the services of others. Sorry ShREX. You’re stuck.

  15. kd75 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:24 PM

    I wonder if Rex will be at Bart Scott’s front door on midnight on March 15 to tell Scott he’s being cut.

  16. nygsbchamps4 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:27 PM

    Bart Scott, where do I start! Doesn’t produce nearly as much as he talks. He’s been a big disappointment.

  17. hdahs143 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:27 PM

    “Can’t Wait” to see how this turns out.

  18. kev86 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    Tannenbaum often labled a cap genius. Seems like he offers way too much guaranteed money upfront to me.

    Holmes..stuck
    Scott..stuck.
    Plax..paid $$ upfront vs. incentive based.

    The list goes on…

  19. krimou80 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    Bart is thinking now: CAN’T WAIT to collect that guaranteed money, CAN’T WAIT!!!!!!

  20. rc33 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    A guaranteed $4.2 million w/ a $250K workout bonus.

    And therein lies the downside of restructuring; if its agreed upon in the off season, the reduction often comes back in a year or two as a “guaranteed” salary or bonus (as in this case) and then it becomes a major pain in the you-know-where. And said team had better pray that the restructuree doesn’t become a bench-sitting, non-factor, as is the case with Scott.
    All this restructuring is fine in the short term but eventually the fiddler has to get paid.

    Jets look closer to the Bills and Miami than they do the Patriots right now.

  21. colts01 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:29 PM

    Cut him he can come to Indy and play for Pagano in the Baltimore style defense he is trying to put together.

  22. markpfs says: Feb 27, 2012 4:30 PM

    you know you are untradable when told to seek your own trade.

  23. upyoursnfu says: Feb 27, 2012 4:31 PM

    Loudmouth. Always talking sh-t and never making the hit.

  24. ravensfan4life52 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:31 PM

    hahaha. He should’ve stayed in Baltimore. But we sure don’t want him back now, yall can keep him.

  25. iamkrunk says: Feb 27, 2012 4:33 PM

    can’t wait

  26. bobulated says: Feb 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    Is a half of stick of used eye black a reasonable offer?

  27. lunarpie says: Feb 27, 2012 4:36 PM

    Bart Scott is to Jets what Michael Huff was to the Raiders. Both are not good and get paid too much.

  28. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 27, 2012 4:37 PM

    Bart Scott leaving?

    Jet fans “Can’t wait”

  29. lunarpie says: Feb 27, 2012 4:37 PM

    WHOOPS.

    Bart Scott is to Jets what Stanford Routt was to the Raiders. Both are not good and get paid too much.

  30. ravensruleandharbaughisgod says: Feb 27, 2012 4:41 PM

    Trust me, the Ravens have no use for “can’t wait.”

  31. steveweiner says: Feb 27, 2012 4:42 PM

    Can’t Wait! (said in Bart Scott voice)

  32. pooinonfoheads says: Feb 27, 2012 4:45 PM

    Can’t Wait

  33. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:46 PM

    they wont find a trade partner, all teams know he will get released, why pony up that type of money for him? i see the colts maybe signing him to a small 1 year deal since they need 3-4 expierienced LB’ers in their defense

  34. ampats says: Feb 27, 2012 4:47 PM

    Maybe they can contact TO’s new team, the Allen Wranglers ?

  35. blacknole08 says: Feb 27, 2012 4:56 PM

    Jets: Sorry Bart your services are no longer needed.

    Bart Scott: WAIT!

  36. S says: Feb 27, 2012 5:06 PM

    At least Scott will be leaving the Jets a 3 time Superbowl champion.

  37. trollaikman8 says: Feb 27, 2012 5:09 PM

    The package could include Sanchez too if a 5th round conditional is offered as well.

  38. eweezy32 says: Feb 27, 2012 5:13 PM

    Another over-hyped linebacker to leave the side of Ray Lewis and be nothing! Mr McClain will be next and it will be the same thing 3-4 years from now! On another note we don’t want him back in Baltimore the only image I have of him is him grabbing the flag and throwing it and crying on the field on national tv.

  39. noquickreactionshere says: Feb 27, 2012 5:40 PM

    colts01 says:
    Feb 27, 2012 4:29 PM
    Cut him he can come to Indy and play for Pagano in the Baltimore style defense he is trying to put together.

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    You don’t want him, never been worth the crap attitude he has.

    Funny how good guys can play when they play aside Ray Lewis…. then they have “diminishing” skills. 5 years younger than Ray and all the sudden Scott’s skills are “Diminishing” but Ray is still playing at a high level.

    Falcons fans you missing Ed Hartwell? Remember who he is? How about Texans fans with Jaimie Sharper. These guys and Bart all looked like they had more skills than they ever did. Scott’s skills are not Diminishing, as much as his lack of skills is getting exposed.

  40. chocolatebaconbutter says: Feb 27, 2012 5:40 PM

    Can’t wait for someone to make a can’t wait joke.

  41. chiadam says: Feb 27, 2012 5:52 PM

    Can’t wait!!

  42. 6ball says: Feb 27, 2012 6:07 PM

    .

    So, if a team had 15+ million they could have both Bart ” can’t wait to go 8-8″ Scott and Santonio “oh captain, my captain ” Holmes.

    Talk about a bargain.

    .

  43. newguy925 says: Feb 27, 2012 6:31 PM

    This is funnier than the Lions trading a db or the Bears trading a wr because the Bears and the Lions wouldn’t trade either for Bart Scott.

  44. t16rich says: Feb 27, 2012 6:43 PM

    Toronto might be interested.

  45. pisano says: Feb 27, 2012 7:57 PM

    How about giving Sanchez the same permission, he’s worn out his stay in N.Y.

  46. Andy Snakovsky says: Feb 27, 2012 8:18 PM

    Glad the Ravens spent the money on Suggs and not him. Scott has been a mediocre LB at best with the Jets whose most memorable moment is a post game rant with Sal Pal. Sucks not being surrounded by Hall of Famers doesnt it Bart.

  47. thesportsguy52 says: Feb 27, 2012 10:04 PM

    noquickreactionshere says:Feb 27, 2012 5:40 PM

    colts01 says:
    Feb 27, 2012 4:29 PM
    Cut him he can come to Indy and play for Pagano in the Baltimore style defense he is trying to put together.

    ___________________________________

    You don’t want him, never been worth the crap attitude he has.

    Funny how good guys can play when they play aside Ray Lewis…. then they have “diminishing” skills. 5 years younger than Ray and all the sudden Scott’s skills are “Diminishing” but Ray is still playing at a high level.

    Falcons fans you missing Ed Hartwell? Remember who he is? How about Texans fans with Jaimie Sharper. These guys and Bart all looked like they had more skills than they ever did. Scott’s skills are not Diminishing, as much as his lack of skills is getting exposed.
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    Could not have said this better. In addition, how about Adalius Thomas in New England? He was amazing there, wasn’t he?

    I can’t help but be angry when I see ESPN’s first take crew debating whether or not “Rex Ryan CHOSE the wrong MLB” Between Ray Lewis and Bart Scott. Let’s get this straight: Ray Lewis NEVER said he might even think about going to the Jets, and even the somewhat more legit Cowboys rumors were greatly exaggerated. I am so done with the Ravens organization being a media stepping stone for where the media really WANTS to see players go. The Jets gambled, as did every aforementioned team, and they lost. Now, let’s all watch Bart Scott try to crawl back to Baltimore, only to hear that we prefer JAMEEL McCLAIN, or fight for a spot on the Chiefs’ roster.

  48. dhillca says: Feb 27, 2012 10:29 PM

    Someone tea bag that man

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