Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Why Bart Scott would make sense in K.C.
By Bill Williamson
Don’t be shocked if you hear of the Kansas City Chiefs showing interest in veteran linebacker Bart Scott.
He was just cut by the Jets. There are reasons to think the Chiefs could be interested in Scott. It starts with the presence of new Kansas City defensive coordinator Bob Sutton. He was Scott’s position coach in all four of the linebacker's seasons in New York. If Sutton thinks Scott can help the Chiefs, I’m sure he’d push for him.
Kansas City also could use a veteran inside linebacker. The team has Pro Bowlers in outside linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston and inside linebacker Derrick Johnson. Adding a savvy veteran like Scott, who knows how to play under Sutton, may be beneficial.
Scott is also known as a confident leader. The young Chiefs could use a veteran voice like Scott's.
However, there are some potential pratfalls. Scott will turn 33 in August, his production slipped last season and he had offseason surgery. But there may be enough short-term positives to make it worth the Chiefs’ while to consider Scott.
The Chiefs have already considered the market of released veterans. Last week, they visited with former Giants defensive end Chris Canty, who also visited with Tennessee. Canty is 30, so it shows the Chiefs’ new brass is open to considering aging veterans who have been released by other teams.