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Monday, February 27, 2012
Report: Jets LB Scott can seek trade

By James Walker

The New York Jets continue to do all they can to get salary-cap relief.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports the Jets have given starting inside linebacker Bart Scott permission to seek a trade. Scott is due a guaranteed salary of $4.2 million this season, according to the report.

This might be a prelude toward New York eventually releasing Scott. There are other teams in need of linebacker help. But the Jets could have a hard time getting value for Scott, 31, at his salary. This past season, Scott recorded his lowest tackle total (66) since 2004.

Scott signed a $48 million contract in 2009 and was one of coach Rex Ryan's first major free-agent acquisitions. Scott was a leader on defense during New York's back-to-back AFC Championship Game appearances in 2009 and 2010. But New York finished a disappointing 8-8 last season and need to improve several areas this offseason.