Sounds like one of the staples of the Rex Ryan era may be coming to an end.
According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News, the Jets have given permission for LB Bart Scott to seek a trade.
Scott has three years remaining on his six-year, $48 million contract signed in 2009. Rex Ryan brought Scott over from the Ravens to help Gang Green learn the intricacies of a defensive system that thrived in Baltimore.
Scott restructured his deal before the 2011 season. The tradeoff for his paycut in 2011 was that his 2012 base salary of $4.2 million would be fully guaranteed. (He also has an additional $250,000 bonus). Scott’s base salary is $6.9 million in 2013 and 2014. Scott’s guaranteed base salary in 2012 makes it unlikely that the Jets would simply cut him. Financially, it won’t make much sense.
Bart became increasingly frustrated with his lack of playing time as 2011 went along. He was routinely taken out on 3rd down due to perceived trouble in pass coverage. His 677 defensive snaps were the fewest in his 3 years with the Jets, and he was fined $10,000 for giving the middle finger to a camera.
The Jets could create a great deal of needed cap space if they are able to get rid of Scott.