New York Jets: 15 best free agent acquisitions of all-time
- Signed a six-year, $48 million contract w/Jets in 2009
- 60 career games started w/Jets
- 299 career tackles w/Jets
- 9.0 career sacks w/Jets
There may be no player that better personifies the Rex Ryan-era Jets than linebacker Bart Scott. His trash-talking off-field attitude complimented his brash, hard-hitting on-field play nicely, as Scott served as a defensive leader for four seasons while with Gang Green.
It makes sense that Scott so closely resembled Ryan’s persona, as the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker jumped ship to the Jets in free agency when Ryan was announced as the team’s new head coach prior to the 2009 season. Scott would wind up starting 60 games over the next four seasons serving as one of the faces of a dominant Jets defense.
He may have never been the most gifted player on a defense that consisted of the likes of Darrelle Revis, Shaun Ellis and David Harris, but Scott, in many ways, encompassed the true attitude of the unit. He played with a chip on his shoulder all the time and was the boisterous, no-nonsense player that the team needed.
His rant after the Jets victory in the 2010 AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs against the team’s arch-rivals New England Patriots, became legendary in Jets lore. Scott’s chastising of the franchise’s “non-believers” is just as memorable as his signature “can’t wait” line has become.
Scott was a member of the Jets glory days on defense and quite honestly, the closest thing to Jamal Adams they have ever had. That said, his play did trail off in his final years and he made plenty of enemies along the way.
But Scott will be remembered for his “in-your-face” attitude and leadership abilities that made the Jets defense one of the most revered units in the league while he was playing. And for that, it’s impossible not to include him on this list.
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