New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott has received permission to seek a trade from the team, according to a New York Daily News report.
The size of Scott's contract -- he signed a six year, $48 million deal in 2009 that includes a base salary of $4.2 million in 2012 -- could make it difficult for the Jets to find another team interested in dealing, especially since Scott's production has slowed considerably.
Once worthy of his big salary, the 31-year old Scott slowed down in 2011. He played fewer snaps than any of his previous seasons in New York and notched just 66 tackles, easily his fewest since 2004. Though he's still an important, productive piece in New York's defense, Scott no longer deserves the type of big money the Jets are slotted to pay him.
Scott's price tag likewise makes it unwise for the Jets to simply cut him, since the linebacker's 2012 salary is fully guaranteed.