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Scott to Jets sounds like a done deal

2/27/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
Bart Scott is visiting with the New York Jets on Friday. Chances are, no other club will get a crack at him.

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From the sound of what Scott's agent, Harold Lewis, told me Friday morning, it's a foregone conclusion the Jets will land one of the top handful of players in this year's free-agency class.

"Right now, we're concentrating on one team," Lewis said.

Scott is looking for a five-year contract at about $8 million a year.

With the Jets, he would play for head coach Rex Ryan and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, his coaches with the Ravens. Ryan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator, while Pettine coached linebackers.

The Jets also have a $75 million training facility that opened last year.

"His No. 1 team would be the Jets," Lewis said. "They called last night and we talked parameters on a contract. We didn't want to negotiate over the phone but the Jets said they were numbers they could work with.

"Now, he has to be the one who goes in for a visit and likes what he sees. I'm confident he's going to like the coaches. I'm pretty sure he's going to be impressed with the facility. But this is the player's ultimate choice."

Lewis hasn't arranged any other visits for Scott and said competing clubs are upset with him about it.

Lewis claimed five teams have expressed high interest in signing Scott but declined to name them. Lewis, along with Kevin Omell, also represents Scott's former Ravens teammate, coveted free-agent center/guard Jason Brown, whose first stop is with the St. Louis Rams.

"People want to meet with Bart," Lewis said. "They're telling me they'll make him the highest-paid linebacker in the NFL, but money will not make the final decision.

"Comfort level is what drives him. He's leaving a comfort zone in Baltimore. He wants to go to a place that feels right."

Playing for the same coaches who made Scott a superstar sounds like a ready-made comfort zone to me.