Bryan Scott has been a member of the Buffalo Bills since the 2007 season, believe it or not. It appears that his run with the team has come to an end, however. Jairus Byrd, a teammate of Scott's since 2009, alluded to the news first on Twitter. Tim Graham of The Buffalo News confirms the news, though the team has not yet done so.
Today is a tough day... Want to wish my big bro @teambryanscott the best and all the rest of the guys around the league.— jairus byrd (@jairusbyrd) August 30, 2013
Scott, who along with running back Fred Jackson was the team's elder statesman at 32 years old, was signed as a street free agent in 2007. He managed to stay with the Bills for more than half a decade, first as a reserve safety, then as a coverage-down linebacker. In his six seasons with the club, he accumulated 352 tackles, seven sacks, seven interceptions, five forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three total touchdowns.
This summer, Scott had been working exclusively with the second-team defense as the weak-side linebacker, where he was a direct understudy to starter Nigel Bradham. He also saw extensive work on special teams, but his fate became clear when he was spotted on the field late into the fourth quarter of the Bills' loss to Detroit on Thursday night.
Scott is a pro's pro and has had moments in Buffalo that we'll remember fondly. Here's hoping that he lands on his feet somewhere.
Scott was not among the Bills' list of 18 announced cuts on Friday evening, and Graham was able to scrounge up an explanation as to why:
I'm told Bills now are trying to trade Bryan Scott before tomorrow's 6 p.m. deadline to make final cuts.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) August 30, 2013
If the Bills are not able to move Scott before tomorrow evening's cutdown deadline, it appears that they'll then part ways with the veteran linebacker.