Free-agent defensive end/outside linebacker Trevor Scott, who played the last four seasons with the Raiders, has agreed on a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reports.
Scott was a sixth-round pick of the Raiders out of the University at Buffalo in 2008, and has played in 58 games in four seasons.
He totaled 12 sacks and 67 tackles over his first two seasons in Oakland, seeing time mostly as a defensive end in the Raiders' 4-3 defense. However, against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving in 2009, Scott made his first career start at outside linebacker in Oakland's 4-3 scheme, recording three tackles for a loss, two sacks, and three quarterback hurries in the game.
Scott, at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, started the first 10 games of the 2010 season at defensive end before suffering a season-ending knee injury. In 2011, he returned from the injury to play in 16 games, totaling seven tackles, earning him Oakland's Ed Block Courage Award. He has experience on special teams, ranking second on the Raiders in 2008 with nine special teams tackles.
With 13.5 sacks in four seasons, Scott has some pass-rushing potential, and could help fill the void if free agents Mark Anderson and Andre Carter do not return, but is more likely being viewed as a depth option behind linebacker Rob Ninkovich at the strong-side linebacker position in the Patriots' 4-3 defense. After switching to the 4-3 scheme for 2011, the Patriots went the season without a true backup for Ninkovich. Scott could fit the mold, while also providing a special teams presence.