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Minutes into free agency, Scott praises Jets staff

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
About a half hour after he went up for bids, coveted linebacker Bart Scott spoke of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan in glowing terms.

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Echoes from the 12 chimes of midnight barely had died out when Scott was a guest on "SportsCenter" early Friday morning to discuss his situation. He and the Baltimore Ravens failed to reach terms, sending Scott to the open market.

He's expected to meet with the Jets later Friday. Ryan was his defensive coordinator in Baltimore. The Jets' defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, was Scott's position coach in Baltimore.

"I got a special place in my heart for those guys because they are the guys that gave me the chance and taught me how to play defense," Scott told ESPN via phone. "I was the happiest man in the world when he got the job because I felt it was long overdue.

"We always have a great time with Rex and the guys that helped kind of mature me from undrafted to what I am now. So they're just as much a part of my success as I am."