Nov. 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets inside linebacker Bart Scott (57) reacts after a tackle against the New England Patriots during the first half on Thanksgiving at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
This morning, with free agency just a few days away, we continue our countdown of the 10 best free agent signings in New York Jets history. Remember, the pickings are slimmer than you might think. For our younger readers, the NFL didn’t have straight free agency until the year 1992, when the players earned free agency by beating the NFL in court.
Our team is forever linked to that, as the decision is known as the “Freeman McNeil Decision”.
But anyway, back to the countdown. Our choice for number 10 was Alan Faneca. And now, our number 9 best free agent signing by the Jets:
OK, over the last couple of years that Bart was here, he hardly justified himself a place on this list, granted. But for the first two years in New York, Bart earned it my friends.
This was the guy that Rex had to have. He was at his house when the 2009 free agency period opened. Rex wanted this guy to be the heart and soul of his defense, much the way Ray Lewis held the same role in Baltimore.
What he brought with him was Rex’s personality, but he brought it onto the football field. He was the embodiment of Rex Ryan on the field, both with his brash play and his brash personality. His swagger brought a toughness to the New York Jets that we had not seen in a lifetime.
In the two seasons that the Jets made their playoff runs, Scott put up 92 and 81 tackles. For two years, he was a poor man’s Ray Lewis. And forgetting his talent, he makes the list for this:
For that, Bart makes the list.