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Report: Jets give LB Scott the right to seek trade

  • By Dan Hanzus NFL.com
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It's no secret the Jets are hoping to vastly improve the vibe in a locker room that self-combusted by the end of last season. Only problem is, they can't seem to rid themselves of the players who pose the biggest threat to discord.

The team paid wide receiver Santonio Holmes earlier this month, unwilling to take the cap hit that would come with cutting a player labeled as a "cancer" by a teammate.

And now we have Bart Scott, the linebacker with the major mouth and minor production who the Jets granted the right to seek a trade on Monday, according to the New York Daily News.

Scott, a 10-year veteran who followed Rex Ryan from Baltimore to New York, is entering the fourth year of a six-year deal with the Jets. His struggles in pass coverage made him a part-time player this past season.

Like Holmes, cutting Scott, 31, would put the team into cap hell. Unfortunately, Scott's high salary ($4.2 million in 2012, plus a $250,000 workout bonus) and declining production makes him an attractive trade chip only in the most surreal of Mike Tannenbaum's fever dreams.

All of which leaves the Jets in a position of trying to improve team chemistry with much of the same hazardous materials still in the mix. To quote Mr. Scott's most infamous line, "Can't wait."

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