Jake Scott is a football player. And as he demonstrated earlier this offseason, he is also a businessman.
Scott reportedly turned down several offers this offseason because the price wasn’t right. His streak of 121 straight starts went up in smoke, and the 31-year-old was without a team for more than half the year before ultimately signing a one-year deal with the Eagles. After all that, he’s on the verge of hitting free agency again.
“Just kind of wait and see what happens after the season — that was kind of the deal coming in,” said Scott. “Just come in and play and have some fun with it and let’s see what happens this offseason. I think that is the only way it could have worked. They obviously weren’t going to pay me a significant amount of money to just come in for seven weeks, and I probably wouldn’t have signed for anything more than a one-year deal. It’s just how it worked.”
Why did you only want to go one year?
“Well it wouldn’t make sense. I didn’t have the leverage to get a good enough deal to sign for more than one year. There’s no leverage, so why do it?” he explained.
Scott has a little bit better leverage now, it would seem.
Speaking both to Scott’s ability and the wobbly state of the offensive line, the former Titan and Colt was signed on November 12 and was starting in place of Danny Watkins at right guard six days later. Though far from perfect, he has proven to be an upgrade over Watkins. Scott has allowed two sacks and one quarterback hit, according to Pro Football Focus. All of that damage (plus five QB hurries) came against the Bucs. In all, he has committed six penalties and yielded 11 QB hurries in five starts for the Eagles.
“I’ve enjoyed myself. It’s been disappointing that we haven’t won more games but it’s fun to be back playing football, it’s fun to be part of a group where on offense I think we have improved every week and we’re playing better,” he said. “We’re still making mistakes but it’s been fun to be a part of that.
“It’s a good place to be, good people to be around, good coaching staff. The organization has been great to me so I have enjoyed that.”
There is a good chance the coaching staff won’t be here next year. Scott was asked how that will play into his decision-making.
“Until something actually happens it doesn’t affect me at all,” he said. “I’m not going to have a say in that so I’ll have to wait and see what happens, if anything happens, and go from there.”
If we’ve learned nothing else, it’s that Scott will weigh his options.
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