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Bills re-sign veteran LB Bryan Scott

3/6/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

While the transitioning Buffalo Bills released several players off their defensive unit, veteran linebacker Bryan Scott feels blessed with the opportunity to stay with the Bills next season.
 
"There's always a worry, whenever changes are made. You know that things are going to happen from the top down," Bryan Scott said on Wednesday. "They did let some quality guys go. So I was just patiently waiting and hoping everything will work out, and it did."
 
Bryan Scott signed a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills, just a week short of becoming an unrestricted free agent on March 12.The two sides had reportedly been engaged in contract negotiations since the NFL scouting combine last  month.
 
"I'm excited to be staying in Buffalo, because we're a lot closer to making the playoffs than what people might think," Bryan Scott announced his return with the Buffalo Bills in 2013, during a statement on Wednesday. "I would've been really disappointed if that was my last season in Buffalo, leaving a city like that and not finishing what we're trying to get accomplished."
 
The 31-year-old Bryan Scott spent the last six season with the Buffalo Bills, splitting time between linebacker and safety. After playing for 16 games (including one start) last season, Bryan Scott ranked second on the team with four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and also forced and recovered two fumbles. Overall, Bryan Scott finished with seven interceptions, seven sacks and recovered six fumbles during the past six seasons with the Buffalo Bills, in which he played for 87 total games. However, Bryan Scott was never a primary starter, getting only 27 starts down the stretch with the Buffalo Bills.
 
However, Bryan Scott has previously crossed paths with both Doug Marrone and new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.  Doug Marrone was into his first season as the New Orleans Saints offensive coordinator when Bryan Scott wrapped up his only season with the Saints in 2006. And Bryan Scott is familiar with Mike Pettine since his high school days in suburban Philadelphia, when both Mike Pettine and his father used to coach in the same league.
 
"I've seen the types of teams they've put together," said Bryan Scott. "I'm really excited to be able to say I'm playing for them."
 
Bryan Scott was selected out of Penn State in the second round of the 2003 draft by the Atlanta Falcons. At the end of three seasons, Bryan Scott was traded to the New Orleans Saints, where he remained for a year. He was signed and released by the Tennessee Titans in 2007, before picking up the season by signing with the Buffalo Bills in Sep. 2007.
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