Following one softball question after the Jets concluded the morning part of their minicamp here in Florham Park, N.J., veteran Jets linebacker Bart Scott was hit with the tough questions. And on Monday, as the Jets open up their minicamp, the question posed to every player was the effect of Cornerback Darrelle Revis and Center Nick Mangold's contract situations.
But the veteran Scott -- who was the first Jet player Monday to field questions about the contract situations -- answered the question with a stern direct demeanor of his own. In fact, twice his answer consisted of the same three words. It was in the same exact manner as he stared directly at reporters, tilted his head and slightly smiled:
"No, I'm not," Scott said twice within the span of ten seconds.
That was the three word answer Scott gave first after he was asked if he was worried about Revis' contract situation effecting the club. Then, if he was worried about the fact that Mangold was unhappy about his contract.
It was a vibe from the defensive leader Scott that seemed to come with a purpose. On a day where the Jets showed off a bevy of new weapons (including former All-Pro running back LaDainian Tomlinson, Super Bowl winning reciever Santonio Holmes and speedy rookie running back Joe McKnight), in front of a crowd of fans, Scott was quick to get the point across that the contracts in his mind wont have an effect on the team.
And for a team coming off an AFC Championship game appearance, combined with one of the more active offseasons of any NFL team, Scott is more caught up in the vibe that took over his club on the first day of mini-camp.
Even for a veteran, he couldn't deny that this years camp was more lively than perhaps any in recent Jets past. That's what comes with expectations and additions.
As for the contracts, well, thats just business. Football business that comes and goes. And for this team, Scott thinks it will all be forgotten in due time.
"It wont be the first or last time that we have to deal with those issues," Scott said. "It’s a part of the game, at some point everybody is going to be up (for contract negotiations) in this locker room."