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Bart Scott could be back next year

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It’s becoming more and more clear that neither Tim Tebow nor Mark Sanchez will return to the Jets in 2013.  But before completely slamming the door on the possibility of one more go from Sanchez or Tebow, it’s important to remember that, after the J, E, T, S just ended the season in 2011, it looked like linebacker Bart Scott would be long gone.

In the end, he was back.  And now he says he could be back again in 2013.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Scott is willing to take less than the $6.9 million he’s due to earn next year in order to stay with the team.  Scott didn’t say how much less he’d take, and it’s not known how low the Jets would want to go.

Mehta predicts that Scott will be cut and later re-signed at a reduced rate.  That makes sense, since doing so (possibly with a post-June 1 designation, given that he’s under contract through 2014) would clear $6.9 million in cap space.

Scott’s return in 2012 came in large part because Scott was due to earn $4.2 million in guaranteed money.  At one point, the Jets gave him permission to seek a trade.  Later, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum said that “all options are on the table.”

It’s the same situation the Jets now face with quarterback Mark Sanchez, but at a much higher salary number and cap consequence.  The fact that the Jets ultimately opted to bring back Scott doesn’t mean that they’ll bring back Sanchez.

The best news for now is that Scott didn’t commemorate the official end of the team’s playoff chances by giving any reporters a one-fingered farewell.

But, hey, there are still two games left.

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10 Responses to “Bart Scott could be back next year”
  1. marshawnlynchlookslikepredator says: Dec 20, 2012 3:53 PM

    Can’t wait!

  2. floriostoupee says: Dec 20, 2012 4:15 PM

    how is it that a team as bad as the jets command so much attention on pft’s main page? (and this coming from a die-hard jet fan)

  3. themagicman1223 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:20 PM

    how is it that a team as bad as the jets command so much attention on pft’s main page? (and this coming from a die-hard jet fan)
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    Because they’re a prestigious franchise and it’s fun to hear what’s going on with them.

  4. jakec4 says: Dec 20, 2012 4:26 PM

    No story about who will be the Jets equipment manager in 2013?

  5. dinklespiel says: Dec 20, 2012 4:57 PM

    1) why would he want to stay at a reduced salary?
    Because he’s not worth what they are paying him.
    2) If he is any good why would they cut him and risk another team picking him up.
    Because they do not think he’s worth what they are paying him.

    3) if he isn’t as good as he used to be, why keep him in At all?
    Because he isn’t worth what they are paying him.

    Bottom line, he isn’t worth what they are paying him and should cut him and not hope they get him back.

  6. Sometimes Interesting says: Dec 20, 2012 5:20 PM

    ” floriostoupee says: Dec 20, 2012 4:15 PM

    how is it that a team as bad as the jets command so much attention on pft’s main page? (and this coming from a die-hard jet fan)”

    The same reason people stare at car crashes. ;-)

  7. green41563 says: Dec 20, 2012 5:52 PM

    The problem with the Jets is that they got old. In 2007, they lost 12 games and appeared headed nowhere. Tannenbaum’s job was on the line, so he spent like mad and traded away picks to improve the team immediately—and it worked. They had winning records the next three seasons (08, 09, and 10) and went to the AFC Championship game twice.

    But many of the players on those teams got old, and the Jets didn’t have the draft picks—or the draft acumen to replace them. Now they’re stuck paying big salaries to guys who aren’t worth it anymore.

  8. cwk22 says: Dec 20, 2012 8:53 PM

    The jets are fun to read about. The greatest comedy act in pro football

  9. mazblast says: Dec 20, 2012 11:00 PM

    themagicman1223 says:

    how is it that a team as bad as the jets command so much attention on pft’s main page? (and this coming from a die-hard jet fan)
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    Because they’re a prestigious franchise and it’s fun to hear what’s going on with them.
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    Uh, no. The Jets are not a prestigious franchise. They’re just located in the media center of the world. The Giants are prestigious. The Patriots are prestigious. The Steelers are prestigious. The Cowboys, sadly, are still considered prestigious. The Packers are prestigious.

    Get it?

  10. lawyermalloy says: Dec 21, 2012 6:16 AM

    When a new Coach come to a team, he always trys to bring a former plater with him to help “sell” his schemes; Bart Scott was that person(from Baltimore).
    Scott was completely overpaid from the outset and he is NOW no longer needed, even at a discount.

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