The New York Jets once coveted linebacker Bart Scott so much that they showed up at his home the moment free agency started in 2009 in an effort to sign him away from the Baltimore Ravens — where he had played since 2002.
But the man who once “put a little hot sauce” on ex-Saints running back Reggie Bush’s ankle has fallen out of favor in New York, and he has been given permission to seek a trade away from the team.
For Scott the problems between he and the team came to a head towards the end of the 2011 season after the Jets had another disappointing year (8-8) failing to make the playoffs amidst grand expectations.
At the time it was said that the Jets locker room was in upheaval, players were fighting amongst themselves, and even with coaches, as things began to crumble in Florham Park, N.J..
Scott, now famously, went to team headquarters in early January after the end to of the season to clear out his locker.
It was apparent he wanted to speak to no one, including Jets personnel, and afterwards upon walking out of the facility flipped the bird to photographers while muttering obscenities.
Scott, who will turn 32 in August, may not get the attention he thinks given his age and seemingly declining production over the last several seasons.
A 4-3 team could like his direction — likely as a middle linebacker — but it’s doubtful at best.
Over half the teams in the league run the 3-4 defense and are in need of inside linebackers, making it very likely Scott lands somewhere besides the Jets in 2012 with a restructured contract.