Bart Scott Still Elite At Baiting Patriots Fans Into Full Blown Meltdowns
On Tuesday, former NFL linebacker and current CBS Sports analyst Bart Scott told CBS Radio's 'The DA Show' that he believes that beloved Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is on his way out of New England.
“Gronk’s on his way out (of New England),” Scott said. “Because of injuries, and they don’t stick with you when they see you slipping. When you have a big man that starts having back problems – he’s only in his seventh year, and he has two years remaining. And guess what? They already brought in his replacement and they can get him for cheaper.”
As you may already suspect, Patriots Nation and Bart Scott Unenthusiasts did not appreciate that hot take whatsoever.
There should be absolutely zero percent of the NFL-viewing population that is surprise that Scott is baiting Patriots fans with this latest hot take. It's not a secret that there's no love lost between Scott and the Patriots, and for good reason. Scott played his entire career under Rex Ryan, whose entire existence centers around either beating Bill Belichick or figuring out a way to wear his skin. Jury's still out.
Scott was by no means a world-changer defensively, but his fiery and fierce persona on the field and in the locker room made him a leader and a constant presence on post game highlights. In fact you'll likely recall that his infamous "Can't Wait" soundbite was delivered just after a huge postseason win over the Patriots in 2009, when he ranted and raved about being underestimated by everyone from the fans to Tom Jackson.
So yeah, he's still got a little bit of instigator in him for sure. And while he absolutely knows that what he said would cause a stir in and around the greater Boston area, he's not out of his mind to suggest the possibility that the Patriots might part ways with Gronkowski.
Belichick and owner Robert Kraft's have built a football dynasty by never overvaluing anyone on their roster. No one is ever immune from being traded, and players are very rarely overpaid; because depth has proven time and again to been one of their greatest strengths. Right now, Tom Brady is the only irreplaceable player on that roster in Belichick's eyes.
Having said that though, it's not entirely unprecedented for the Patriots to cave to the demands of a longtime Patriot that is elite at their position; even when injury issues may linger. That applies especially if the player has been with the team for their entire career.
In 2010 after some contentious negotiations that included him asserting that a franchise tag would be a "slap in the face", the Patriots made Vince Wilfork the highest paid nose tackle in the NFL with a 5-year deal worth $40 million.
And after becoming disillusioned with the Patriots' approach to his salary in 2009, restricted free agent Logan Mankins publicly requested a trade. The Patriots refused and Mankins proceeded to sit out the first half of the 2010 season. In the summer of 2011, he signed a six year, $51 million deal that made him the highest paid guard in the the NFL.
These are the kinds of deals that people forget about in light of the recent dumping of highly-valued guys like Chandler Jones and Jamie Collins. The longer a player of Gronkowski's value stays loyal to the Patriots, the more likely they are to pay him. And you can be damned sure that they realize that while Martellus Bennett may be a great fit for their offense, there's no replacing a player like that. Gronkowski is currently the most prolific receiver in the history of their franchise, even with all the time he's missed due to injury. If the Pats can avoid losing him, they will.
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