Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum was on the call and Bart Scott is signed, and they are close on re-signing Brandon Moore… Did I hear that right? Yes… Moore will be the Jets new right guard.
To paraphrase Tannenbaum, some times you know when people leave they might not come back, but other times you’re cautiously optimistic you’ll see them back. Apparently that’s how they feel about Moore.
With Scott, the terms are six years and $48 million for the 28-year-old linebacker. Of those dollars, $27 million are in the first three years and $22 are guaranteed. Scott wanted to return to Jets coach Rex Ryan, who was Scott’s defensive coordinator in Baltimore. When things got tense this afternoon, Ryan, Scott and defensive coordinator Mike Pettine went shopping at Short Hills mall.
“I’m hoping to get a discount now that I’m mentioning it,” Ryan joked.
If the deal had taken longer, they were going to watch an ultimate fighting DVD.
By the way on Scott, his agent Harold Lewis is a native of Rockland County and used to deliver The Journal News.
Tannenbaum wouldn’t comment on the interest in a trade for Lito Sheppard with the Eagles.
He would say he was excited to see what David Clowney can do this season. “David’s a personal favorite of mine,” Tannenbaum said. “He’s earned the opportunity for more playing time.”
I asked if the Jets D would be Baltimore North and Ryan said, “I think it will in production.”
Update: On the delay between agreeing to terms in the morning and not finalizing the Scott deal until late this afternoon, Lewis said the only holdup was a locked-door meeting he had on behalf of another client, Jason Brown, who went from the Ravens to the Rams today.
Lewis said they did not take the offer back to the Ravens to drive the price up, and at no point was Scott looking to walk away from the deal. Scott wanted to be a Jet to be close to the New York media market with an eye toward his post-football career, and a family visit two weeks ago convinced him the New York area was a place they could call home.
And lastly, the time stamp issue was fixed on the 5:36 post. So I’m accurate until we spring forward.