Originally posted on StraitPinkie.com  |  Last updated 2/20/13
Darrelle Revis is not the only big name New York Jets fans thought could be no longer with the team. Yesterday the Jets released a few players so that they could be under the salary cap. One of the most notable players that were cut was linebacker Bart Scott. Linebacker Calvin Pace, tackle Jason Smith, and safety Eric Smith were also cut from the team. With all of these roster moves the Jets dropped a little over $30 million and not put the team under the salary cap with a little under $6 million. The Jets new general manager John Idzik was looking to make some moves and he is starting to make his presence felt in the locker room and front office. Rex Ryan who used to be an assistant coach in Baltimore, brought Bart Scott with him to New York when Rex took the head coach position. Ryan spoke on these cuts yesterday by saying, “Every one of these players was a major contributor to our football team. I was very impressed with Jason this past season while Bart, Calvin and Eric have been an instrumental part of our defense for the past four years. Josh came in as an undrafted free agent and earned a spot on our roster. They have the work ethic and attitude that you look for in players and they will always be New York Jets. It was an honor to coach each of these men. They are tremendous people as well as outstanding football players.” Bart Scott’s agent Harold Lewis spoke with a reporter from ESPN about Scott’s future. In an email he said, “The door is not closed with the Jets, and this allows us to really work the market as a free agent while in Indy.” Scott could come back as a Jet next year if his agent and the Jets work on restructuring a salary cap friendly contract.  This past season Scott had 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 60 combined tackles. Calvin Pace who played linebacker as well for the Jets who got cut had 55 combined tackles and 3.0 sacks last season. Bart Scott and Calvin Pace were a major part of the Jets past defense, but one of the most memorable moments that came from the Jets defense was when Bart Scott spoke with ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. After the Jets defeated the Patriots in the playoffs in 2011 Scott blurted out the famous “Can’t wait!” sound bite.  Here is the video.
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