BREAKING: Jets announce they have released LB Bart Scott— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 19, 2013
The move ends Scott's four-year run with the Jets. He appeared in 63 games, racking up just shy of 300 total tackles and nine sacks while also serving as one of the team's emotional leaders. He previously played for the Baltimore Ravens.
Scott is coming off of his least productive season since 2004. At 32, he's still a reliable linebacker when it comes to run-stopping, but no longer has the mobility or explosiveness to play every down. That limits his upside as he hits the open market.
Being a veteran with plenty of experience, he should still attract some interest from teams hoping to plug a hole. He possesses some value as a part of a linebacker rotation. Teams just can't expect him to perform like he did during his prime.
As for the Jets, the team previously released Calvin Pace, Jason Smith, Eric Smith and Josh Baker, according to Rich Cimini of ESPN New York.
Adding Scott to the list helps the team save even more cap space. The Jets are coming off of a disappointing season to begin with, and none of the players who were released today will cause them to sink any further. They were the right moves given the circumstances.
Letting go of Pace and Scott leaves some holes at the linebacker level, but they can be replaced through the draft or with cheaper options on the free-agent market.
Although the Jets defense will take on a new identity with Scott off the field, it's hard to argue the move.