"Out the Door", or "Back for More": LB Edition

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Dec 30, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller (28) with the ball as New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott (57) defends during the second half at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills beat the Jets 28-9. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Time to get back to the roster evaluation. Most of you know by now we are going through the roster, and looking at who should be “Out the Door”, and who should be “Back for More”. We have been through the offense already, and we reviewed the defensive line yesterday.  Today we continue our trip through the roster with the linebackers, although I don’t think we are going to surprise too many people with these.  Let’s get right to it:

BART SCOTT: Since Bart Scott arrived on the scene in 2009 with Rex Ryan, he has steadily gotten slower and slower, and his performance has reflected just that. He started with 92 tackles in 2009, and in 2012 finished with a mere 60 tackles. He dealt with a toe injury for a good portion of the season, and it showed. He missed time in 2012, and it’s time to let the young kids play. Bart Scott should definitely be……


CALVIN PACE: Another member of the old guard. He was brought in here by Eric Mangini and company in 2008 to rush the passer, and his first two years with the team weren’t bad, with 15 sacks over his first two seasons with the team. However, he has proved himself to be getting slower by the season as well, with only 55 tackles in 2012. He is part of the old days, and if the Jets are going to move forward, they have to do it without Calvin Pace. Calvin Pace should also be………….


DAVID HARRIS: David Harris too has been here for quite a while. The difference is, that he is younger than Bart Scott and Calvin Pace, and more of a consistent performer. He has averaged 106 tackles per season, including leading the team in tackles this past season with 123, 80 solo. He has never had a year where he recorded less than 75 tackles, and has always been a player that the Jets can count on. Anyway, even if the Jets thought about going a different way in 2013, it would be a bad idea financially, because his contract is just as bad as Mark Sanchez’s. He would actually would amount to $20.9 million in dead money if he is released, and $8.9 million against the cap. David Harris will be……….


We will talk about the younger players on the next page.

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