Report: Bart Scott was badly wanted by Browns


Had he not wound up taking a job with CBS Sports, Bart Scott was a candidate to spend next season in Cleveland.

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USA Today's Tom Pelissero reported Monday that the free-agent inside linebacker had workouts set up with multiple teams before taking "The NFL Today" gig. The Browns "wanted him badly," Pelissero was told, but Scott's lingering toe injury prevented any serious movement on a deal.

Scott played under coach Mike Pettine for 11 years with the Ravens and Jets, but missed all of last season after playing through a torn toe ligament with Gang Green in 2012.

He lost his speed years ago, but Scott would have given Pettine a player who knows his defensive scheme from top to bottom.

It's an indication that Cleveland might spend some of its enormous salary cap room on former Pettine pupils. We know the Browns are interested in one of those players, Jairus Byrd, but the Bills safety isn't expected to hit the open market with Buffalo planning to slap the franchise tag on the defender if they can't strike a new deal.

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