Rex Ryan says Bart Scott will be back in 2012

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In the immediate aftermath of a failed 2011 season, Newsday reported that the Jets wouldn’t bring back linebacker Bart Scott.  Since then, the situation gradually has moved to a point where it’s now 180 degrees opposite of where it started.

Coach Rex Ryan said Tuesday that Scott will indeed be back with the team in 2012, according to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.

Why wouldn’t [he be back]?” Ryan said.  “I know everything is reported or whatever . . . I can say this:  I’ve had great discussions with Bart.”

One reason Scott wouldn’t be back is that G.M. Mike Tannenbaum publicly has said that “all options are on the table” regarding Scott.

Here’s another reason.  Scott previously received permission to seek a trade, and his agent has said that Scott is “extremely frustrated” with the team.

The problem is that the Jets owe Scott $4.2 million in guaranteed pay this year, making it harder to use the trade option.

With the Jets unable to move Scott, they need to make chicken salad.  And one of the goals, apparently, will be to get Scott to eat less chicken salad, in the hopes of keeping him on the field for more plays.

“We were going to use him as a blitzer [last year] and he kind of got his weight up,” Ryan said. “He dropped his weight back down a little. . . .  The longer you go in your career, sometimes it’s better to lose a little weight. . . .  Sometimes it just makes sense to take a little weight off.  Bart is still a ferocious hitter.  He brings that kind of intimidating presence to us.”

And so the Jets and Scott will be finding a way to continue their relationship.  There were several reasons to move on.  In the end, there are 4.2 million reasons to try to make it work.

32 responses to “Rex Ryan says Bart Scott will be back in 2012

  1. If Bart is that upset, rework the contract into performance and roster bonuses to get a trade elsewhere. If the Jets are so done, offer to pay $.5-1m of that in a bonus before the trade to get him off the roster. There are ways.

  2. Of course he will be back, the Jets are stuck with him just like they are stuck with Holmes.

  3. hes still a top player against the run but he cant cover anybody. will be interesting to see if him losing 10lbs can help in that department at all.

    interesting season upcoming for NYJ

  4. So they couldn’t find a team stupid enough to trade for an over the hill FAT linebacker with a guaranteed $4.2 mill contract….hmmmm..hard to figure.
    He hits hard alright…especially those big footlong cheese steak subs.

  5. It’s just a shame we won’t be treated to another instance of Hines Ward completely DEMOLISHING Bart Scott. Scott whined and cried about that for a couple of years, so ashamed he was of how completely owned/schooled he was by a wide receiver. Hahahaha!

  6. Cue the “Rex is fat, he should lose weight” comments and jokes. You know, because all of you greek gods on here are so original.

  7. I feel sorry for every team that plays the JETS next year. That is one pissed off football team. And you all saw what happened in ’09 and ’10 when they were a mad team. AFCCG.

    This time. It’s a Super bowl. Eat it haters.

  8. That’s rich. Ryan talking about guys being overweight, as he hovers dangerously close to a diabetic coma.

    Let Tebow spend 5 minutes with these guys and he’ll fix everything. It’s TEBOW TIME, ALL THE TIME!!!!!!!!!

  9. youknowngata says:
    Mar 27, 2012 9:57 AM
    Come back to Bmore Bart! We could use you.

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    How could Baltimore use an aging MLB that cannot cover anyone? Scott has been irrelevant since the Ravens let him go.

  10. I feel sorry for every team that plays the JETS next year. That is one pissed off football team. And you all saw what happened in ’09 and ’10 when they were a mad team. AFCCG.

    This time. It’s a Super bowl. Eat it haters.
    ===================================
    Yup every team is shaking in there boots due to the wildcat and a no pass rush defense.

  11. I feel sorry for every team that plays the JETS next year. That is one pissed off football team. And you all saw what happened in ’09 and ’10 when they were a mad team. AFCCG.

    I see your as delusional as ever. NO ONE is afraid to play the little jets- NO ONE hates them either… they’re not worth the effort.

    P.S. we’re ALL also tired of the afccg commentsa- old news already. Get ready for 4-12 homer

  12. I don’t know whats more hilarious. Dr. “Fatso” Phil or Rex “Blubber” Ryan telling folks they need to lose weight.

  13. While Bart might not be worth $4+ million, he is certainly still a quality linebacker. Since his salary is guaranteed, there is no way they would release him, because then you’d be eating the money and not getting anything in return. He is still a starting linebacker on this team, which just re-signed Bryan Thomas.

    Most importantly, the fact that David Harris is so damned good should be enough to keep this linebacker group effective. If Maybin can have another solid year rushing the passer, this defense, which has one of the best cornerback tandems in the league, will be just fine.

    Plus, I have high hopes for Wilkerson. JPP wasn’t effective until his second year with the Giants. Hopefully Wilkerson has similar progression for his 2nd year.

  14. youknowngata says:
    Mar 27, 2012 9:57 AM
    Come back to Bmore Bart! We could use you.

    Uh…….no.

  15. .

    Whoa ….so you got Santonio set to receive 11 million and Bart Scott over 4 million.

    Plus, we know that Peyton got 15 million from Denver.

    Oh those tricky Jets, they sandbagged the Broncos into wasting money on Manning when for the same amount they could have gotten both Santonio AND Bart Scott.

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Broncos fans.

    .

  16. Whoa ….so you got Santonio set to receive 11 million and Bart Scott over 4 million.

    Plus, we know that Peyton got 15 million from Denver.

    Oh those tricky Jets, they sandbagged the Broncos into wasting money on Manning when for the same amount they could have gotten both Santonio AND Bart Scott.

    Woulda, coulda, shoulda. Broncos fans.
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    reaching

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