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02-27-2009, 12:32 PM
On Thursday night, linebacker Bart Scott told the Ravens he wanted to test the free-agent market even though he was considering a five-year offer to stay. His step into free agency has taken him to the New York Jets.
The Jets and Scott's agent, Harold Lewis, have agreed in principle to a five-year, $40 million deal, according to multiple sources, but the deal still needs Scott's endorsement.
Scott arrived at the Jets facility early Friday morning to meet with his former defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan, who is now the head coach of the team.
If he accepts the offer, Scott will leave the Ravens after seven productive years in which he's had 433 tackles and 16 sacks. His best season was in 2006 when he made the Pro Bowl and the All-Pro team. In that season, he had 103 tackles and 9½ sacks.
Senior writer John Clayton covers the NFL for ESPN.com.
02-27-2009, 12:39 PM
Linebacker Bart Scott leaving the Baltimore Ravens is a substantial loss, but it's no surprise.
Most expected the Ravens to lose Scott, who has agreed to a five-year, $40 million deal with the New York Jets according to ESPN's John Clayton. With three big-name linebackers -- Scott, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs -- all headed for free agency, there was little chance of Baltimore keeping all three and many figured Scott would be the odd man out.
The Ravens used the franchise tag to keep Suggs and are still hopeful negotiating with Lewis. Scott joined his former defensive coordinator in Jets head coach Rex Ryan, who will run the same scheme that Scott flourished in.
Scott joins a list of linebackers to recently leave the Ravens, which include Adalius Thomas and Ed Hartwell. Baltimore was able to continue its success over the years, but now it makes it more important not to lose Lewis.
The potential of losing Scott, Lewis and Ryan in one offseason would drastically hurt Baltimore's defense. The unit was ranked No. 2 in the NFL last year as the Ravens advanced to the AFC title game.
02-27-2009, 12:40 PM
the deals not done yet. scott is still on the phone with the ravens.
02-27-2009, 12:46 PM
I don't think losing Scott will hurt the Ravens much . . . unfortunately.
02-27-2009, 01:14 PM
So much for his hometown discount offer
02-27-2009, 02:21 PM
i think scott will be missed more than most think.. he is the mlb that cleaned up ray ray's mess all the time...
and i see him signing
02-27-2009, 04:39 PM
The news on ESPNNEWS is that it is a done deal for Bart Scott and the Jets.
A 6 year $48 mill. contract
Looks like that Ravens defense is gonna have a lot of new faces in '09
02-27-2009, 05:19 PM
My hubby's friend, who is an avid Rats fan, is in a total meltdown right now!
Steeler in Carolina
02-27-2009, 05:19 PM
The Rat Birds are falling apart!!!!!!!!!! Let's see how well Jim Harbaugh does next year without Rex Ryan running the defense.
02-27-2009, 05:56 PM
They better hope Flacco develops faster and becomes the next Big Ben like people say he is.
02-27-2009, 06:30 PM
I hope Lewis goes to Dallas and the Rats drop to 6-10 this year.
02-27-2009, 06:32 PM
Too bad. Hines will probably miss his bitch. :chuckle:
02-27-2009, 06:33 PM
Rex ryan is signing a lot of ravens def players...
and if no team is willing 2 go after ray ray maybe rex should give him an offer
02-27-2009, 09:51 PM
They will be calling the Jets, Baltimore North next year.
02-27-2009, 10:10 PM
They will be calling the Jets, Baltimore North next year.
so we have baltimore north and pittsburgh east
02-27-2009, 11:18 PM
Apparently, to this Jets homer, signing Scott will make the them have the best defense.
:rofl: :sofunny: :laughing:
What an idiot.
02-28-2009, 09:03 AM
It's official. One less scumbag in the AFCN. :wave:
LB Scott signs six-year, $48M deal with Jets
NFL.com Wire Reports
NEW YORK -- The New York Jets bolstered their defense in a big way Friday, signing former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Bart Scott to a $48 million, six-year deal.
The 28-year-old Scott will make $27 million during the first three years of the contract, agent Harold Lewis told The Associated Press.
"These guys really pursued me hard," Scott said in a statement released by the team. "They picked me up from my house early in the morning and really let me know they care, they are serious and they are committed to winning."
They REALLY REALLY like me!!!!
Scott is reunited with Rex Ryan, who left Baltimore after four years as the Ravens' defensive coordinator to become coach of the Jets.
"The opportunity to play under coach Ryan again was huge," Scott said. "I've made it no secret how big a role he has played in me taking the steps from being an undrafted rookie free agent to where I am today. I wanted to keep that chemistry going.
"It's been so successful that I didn't want to lose that magic."
Scott, Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine killed time while waiting for the deal to be completed by taking a trip to a mall near the Jets' training facility.
"We just looked around and things like that, and nobody recognized anybody," Ryan said with a laugh.
Guard Brandon Moore also agreed to return to New York for a $16 million, four-year deal, a person familiar with the terms said on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't announced the contract.
New York cut Moore on Thursday, but opted to bring him back when Pittsburgh left guard Chris Kemoeatu turned down an offer from the Jets and re-signed with the Steelers.
Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum would only say they were "close to signing" Moore and fullback Tony Richardson, who helped pave the way for Thomas Jones to lead the AFC in rushing last season.
However, NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported that Richardson re-signed with the Jets.
Scott ranked second on the Ravens in tackles last season and will join promising David Harris as speedy, playmaking linebackers in New York's 3-4 defensive scheme.
"We added The Mad Backer today," Ryan said. "What you've seen him do and accomplish in Baltimore, I think is just the tip of the iceberg. ... He's called The Mad Backer because he basically hates the guys in the other color jerseys."
Scott was a major part of a Ravens defense that ranked No. 2 overall and helped Baltimore reach the AFC Championship Game against Pittsburgh. Scott was believed to be the Jets' No. 1 target this offseason, despite former teammates Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs -- franchised by Baltimore -- also being free agents.
"I think he's going to be more effective with this Jets defense because we're going to have some flexibility with him and David that, quite honestly, we never really had with Ray," Ryan said. "That's not taking anything away from Ray, but Ray was always the MIKE backer and I think now we can switch Bart and David in and out and it's going to give some identification problems to offenses."
Despite signing Scott, the Jets wouldn't completely rule out also signing Lewis.
"We never thought we'd add Brett Favre last August, so right now we're going to take each day one at a time and look at opportunities," Tannenbaum said. "I would never rule out or rule in any player."
Scott originally signed with Baltimore as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Illinois in 2002. He saw significant playing time in his fourth season at middle linebacker when Lewis was injured, and played in the Pro Bowl the following season after he registered a career-high 9.5 sacks and two interceptions.
Scott had 82 tackles and 1.5 sacks last season for the Ravens.
The Jets are expected to be busy again this offseason in free agency, a year after they spent $140 million on bringing in high-profile players like Richardson, Alan Faneca, Calvin Pace, Damien Woody, and trading for Kris Jenkins and later Favre.
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While New York probably won't spend as much this winter, the Jets have several needs after allowing wide receiver Laveranues Coles to become a free agent and cutting tight end Chris Baker, linebackers David Bowens and Brad Kassell and defensive back David Barrett.
A few other former Ravens players could end up back with Ryan. Cornerback Corey Ivy met with the Jets on Friday, and safety Jim Leonhard is scheduled to meet with them Saturday.
Another priority for the Jets this offseason is a contract extension with All-Pro returner-running back Leon Washington.
The speedy and versatile Washington will be entering the final year of his deal, and likely would command a contract of no less than $6 million per year. Darren Sproles, whom Washington is often compared to because of their size, speed and game-changing abilities, was tendered a one-year, $6.62 million offer by San Diego as a non-exclusive franchise player.
02-28-2009, 09:16 AM
Still trying to figure out what exactly he ever did to warrant an $8 million per year salary besides run his big mouth. :coffee:
02-28-2009, 10:46 AM
I guess when foote leaves next year he'll get a similar deal then
he's WAY better than scott
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