Shortly after releasing four players earlier in the day on Tuesday, the New York Jets have released linebacker Bart Scott. Scott was due nearly $7 million in 2013 and with his declining performance in recent years was not worth the cost.
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The Jets released linebacker Calvin Pace, safety Eric Smith, and tackle Jason Smith earlier on Tuesday and waived fullback Josh Baker. Combined with the release of Scott, the Jets have saved roughly $33 million and gotten themselves under the salary cap.
Scott spent four seasons with the Jets and was the emotional leader of their defense on the field for much of that time, but his numbers had declined in recent seasons. Scott recorded 92 tackles in his first season in New York in 2009, but was limited to just 60 tackles in 2012 (in 15 games).
When Scott was not released along with the other players the Jets released earlier in the day, it was thought he could return to New York at a reduced salary, but the Jets have since decided to cut Scott and make him a free agent.