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Scott on Giants' Bradshaw: 'He knew like everybody else.'

Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants

Mathias Kiwanuka #94 of the New York Giants mixes it up with Bart Scott #57 of the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 24, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

News of the Giants cutting running back Ahmad Bradshaw and defensive tackle Chris Canty Wednesday caught many football fans and reporters by surprise.

But not Bart Scott.

The veteran linebacker, who is scheduled to earn $6.9 million in 2013 and 2014, knows his tenure in New York may soon be coming to an end as well. 

Scott, who spoke to Newsday by phone Wednesday night, talked at length about his future with the Jets, his recovery from offseason toe surgery and the harsh reality of professional football. In discussing the Giants recent roster moves, Scott explained a simple tenet of the NFL: "Football is always about the reallocation of money," he said.

The Jets linebacker, who underwent toe surgery the same day Bradshaw was having the screw in his right foot replaced, said of the Giants running back: “He knew just like everybody else did.

“When you become expensive, your days become numbered. You understand? Now you’ve got to pay a guy that was cheap, in Victor Cruz, money. And you have to pay a guy that was cheap, in Hakeem Nicks, money. So where do you get it from? There’s only a certain amount of salary cap.

"You’ve got to cut a guy to pay another guy because this guy, over the long haul, we give you more than this guy. Victor Cruz has a lot more years left, probably, in the league than Ahmad Bradshaw. … That’s what makes football so unique because you have to really accept being weaker at one spot to be better at another spot.”

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