Tuesday, February 19, 2013
What's next for Bart Scott?
By Tim Kavanagh
We knew heading into this offseason that one of the first tasks ahead of new New York Jets GM John Idzik was excising some cap-unfriendly contracts from the roster. There were some obvious choices amongst those speculated to face release, and the process began on Tuesday.
According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, the Jets announced that they released OT Jason Smith, OLB Calvin Pace, S Eric Smith and FB Josh Baker. In total, the Jets trimmed over $24 million off their cap figure, but ESPN's John Clayton has reported that they're still over the limit by a little over $2 million. A little later on Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that the team had also released ILB Bart Scott. Guess he couldn't wait until Thursday's reported meeting to hear the Jets' pitch on a pay cut.
With Scott released, one potential destination to keep in mind is Buffalo, a team that employs his former DC, Mike Pettine, in the same position. The Bills recently released fellow LB Nick Barnett, and Scott would help solidify the front seven, even if his performance level is not as high as it was in past seasons. Eric Smith has also been linked to Buffalo speculatively, as the Bills need some help at safety as well.