NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets plan to release linebacker Bart Scott, linebacker Calvin Pace and offensive tackle Jason Smith before the free-agency period begins on March 12, according to the New York Daily News.
The moves would save new Jets general manager John Idzik a whopping $27.7 million in cap space and bring Gang Green under the expected $121.1 million cap, the Daily News reported.
Scott’s production has declined since signing a six-year, $48 million deal with New York in early 2009. So has his relationship with the local media, who he declared “mutiny” — clarified as a boycott — against in 2012.
“If you ask any of my teammates, ‘Do we need Bart?’ or ‘Is Bart good for us?’ I’m sure they’d say yes,” Scott told Newsday. “But if you ask everybody in the organization, they may say: ‘You know what? It may be time to move on.'”
DeMario Davis, the team’s third-round pick in 2012, will start alongside David Harris at inside linebacker, the Daily News reported.
Scott, who followed head coach Rex Ryan from Baltimore to the Jets, would seem to welcome a return to the Ravens.
“Why wouldn’t I love to go back to Baltimore? That was home,” Scott said. “You never know where you might find me. We’ll see what happens. The New York media may not appreciate me, but if it happens, we’ll see who does.”
The Jets are also expected to release backup quarterback Tim Tebow this offseason if they can’t find a trading partner.
It has to be done, right? Will Davis be able to handle the load? Be heard in the comments…