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Jets, Scott's agent discussed trade in Indy

BART SCOTT, New York Jets Leading up to

BART SCOTT, New York Jets
Leading up to the Giants-Jets game on Christmas Eve, Scott said, "I could care less about bragging rights. I spent a lot of money in the offseason. I need these playoff checks to get me by.
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Bart Scott's future with the Jets remains in question.

The linebacker's agent, Harold Lewis, told Newsday Monday that he discussed the possibility of a trade with Jets' brass recently during the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. However, the Jets haven't granted Scott permission to seek a trade nor has the 31-year-old actually formally requested one.

Scott, who wasn't happy with his role and reduced playing time at the end of the season, is due to pocket a guaranteed $4.4 million in base salary in 2012 -- the fourth season of a six-year, $48-million pact. Newsday reported after the Jets' season-ending loss in Miami that Scott, who took a $1-million pay cut in August from his initial salary of roughly $5 million, likely wouldn't be back with the team for a fourth season.

Scott was one of the first players Ryan targeted in free agency when he took over the reins in 2009, showing up at Scott's door just after midnight. But his playing time took a dramatic dip in 2011, getting replaced by young linebacker Josh Mauga on certain passing downs and in other situations.

So it might be hard for the Jets to justify paying Scott such a hefty sum if he were to be brought back in a reserve roll, something that appears highly unlikely given Scott's frustration with the way he was utilized.

Scott's discontent bubbled over the day after the Jets' season finale, when he made an obscene gesture at a photographer in the Jets locker room as he went to pack up his belongings. The team fined him $10,000, deeming his actions "inappropriate."

Asked as he exited the locker room that day if he would not be back with the Jets in 2012, Scott said: "I don't know why. I've got a guaranteed contract for $4 million."

Tags: Bart Scott , Harold Lewis , Josh Mauga , NFL Combine , offseason news

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