FLORHAM PARK — Bart Scott hasn’t been happy having to sit out of practice the past two days. But it’s a concession he’s willing to make in order to help his team.
A larger one is restructuring his contract in order to give the Jets front office more flexibility. The 30-year-old linebacker said it was a necessary sacrifice.
“I’m more concerned with winning,” Scott said. “We’ve got some great talent and guys that deserve to be here. I’m all about winning, and I like to show that with my actions. Whatever I have to do to see this thing through to win a Super Bowl, I’ll all for it.”
Scott is entering the third year of a six-year, $48 million deal he signed in 2009. He had 81 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble last season.
His willingness to take less money could be one reason the Jets were able to sign fellow linebacker David Harris to a four-year deal on Tuesday afternoon. Before that deal was announced, Scott gave his thoughts about getting Harris back.
“I’m excited,” Scott said. “I think David exemplifies what being like a Jet is, he’s very hard working. I think he’ll be very deserving. You don’t want to let a guy like that get out on the market.”
Scott has been unable to practice because all players who sign new contracts must sit out until Thursday. Even when they’re able to return to practice, Scott and company won’t be allowed to wear full gear for another three days.
You could tell his impatience was growing.
“We’ll just be going through the motions again,” Scott said. “I’m still locked out.”