The Jets would like to trade Bart Scott and his $4.2 million in guaranteed money. Scott had a rocky road in New York after leaving Baltimore but is still perceived as one of the game’s premier run-stopping 3-4 inside linebackers and a guy familiar with Chuck Pagano. Are the Colts interested? It’s unlikely given his cap number but stranger things have happened.
Which brings us to a much more enticing offer: Jarrett Johnson. Johnson, an unrestricted free agent from Baltimore, is a year younger and won’t cost a fortune. He’s an outside backer which should bring some pass rush skills. Even if the Colts resign Robert Mathis they have a serious need for additional pass rushers and Johnson may fit:
At the other outside backer spot, Jarret Johnson started every game this past season and has played in 129 straight games, a team record. But the streak might end there. Johnson is an unrestricted free agent and one of the tougher decisions facing general manager Ozzie Newsome and the Ravens.
Johnson will be 31 next season and the Ravens might look to add a younger, faster speed rusher to play opposite Suggs. As Newsome said at the season-ending news conference, “You don’t ever have enough pass rushers. So, if that guy is there, we’ll entertain that also.”
Johnson, who was ranked No. 46 on the Sporting News list of the top 100 free agents, should draw offers elsewhere. Just as Bart Scott followed Rex Ryan to New York, it’s possible that Johnson will follow former Ravens defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano to Indianapolis.