2012 NFL Free Agents: Washington Redskins Should Swoop for Bart Scott

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2012

DENVER, CO - NOVEMBER 17:  Bart Scott #57 of the New York Jets returns a fumble for yards in the first half against Virgil Green #85 of the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 17, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The Washington Redskins should target ferocious inside linebacker Bart Scott this offseason. Yesterday, NFL.com reported that Scott is unlikely to be back with the New York Jets in 2012.

It seems that the veteran is set to become one of the high-profile casualties of the Jets' inevitable house cleaning, following their limp finish to the season.

Mike Shanahan should seriously consider adding Scott to the Redskins 3-4 defense. The 6'2", 242-pounder is a vicious hitter and a highly aggressive presence in the middle of a 3-4 front.

Scott's tough tackling and physicality would help improve the Redskins' soft run defense. Jim Haslett's unit could use an infusion of tenacity after ending 2011 by surrendering 67 points in two games.

The defense was outmuscled by the Minnesota Vikings in Week 16 and appeared unable to cope with the brute force of bruising back Toby Gerhart.

Scott would add a nasty streak to the defense and make the group more intimidating at the point of attack.

Scott is also an excellent blitzer, having played in Rex Ryan's multiple fire zone schemes for most of his career.

This skill would make the 10-year pro a valuable weapon in the heavy blitz packages favoured by the Redskins defense.

With London Fletcher now 36, Perry Riley still growing into the position and Rocky McIntosh's future in the 3-4 in doubt, the Redskins need to add another capable inside linebacker to the mix.

There won't be many as qualified as Scott available. His abundance of 3-4 experience and fiery demeanour would provide the spark to elevate the Redskins defense from a solid unit to an elite one.