Scott signed a one-year, $1 million contract on Thursday with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Head coach Lovie Smith is always on the lookout for defensive linemen and prefers to rotate as many as seven or eight into the ballgame on a regular basis. Yet despite the fact that the Monsters of the Midway appear loaded at end and questionable at tackle, GM Jerry Angelo selected DE Dan Bazuin of Central Michigan in the second round of this past weekend's NFL Draft and ignored the DT position. There's a possibility Bazuin could add a little bulk and move inside at some point, but for right now, the team plans to use him at his natural spot – left defensive end.
Scott, replaced in the starting lineup early last season in favor of the more athletic Tank Johnson, became a free agent back on Mar. 2. Although he is not the prototypical defensive tackle in Smith's system, he is solid against the run and allowed All-Pro middle linebacker Brian Urlacher to roam free and make plays from sideline to sideline. Scott fell out of favor with the coaching staff last year largely due to the fact that he is not a good pass-rusher, which is a must for the DTs in Smith's Cover 2 scheme.
Scott visited with the New England Patriots on Wednesday but not receive a formal offer. The Philadelphia Eagles made an offer, and now Scott is headed to the City of Brotherly Love. He had already talked to the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, and Atlanta Falcons back in March but left each of those meetings without signing a contract.
Johnson and Tommie Harris will be atop the depth chart again for the Bears in 2007, but Johnson is currently serving a 120-day jail sentence and Harris is recovering from surgery after last season's torn hamstring in Week 13. Angelo signed Anthony Adams, who turned out to be a bad fit in Mike Nolan's 3-4 alignment, from the San Francisco 49ers for added depth. Dusty Dvoracek returns after spending his entire rookie year on IR after a preseason foot injury, and Antonio Garay will also be in the mix.
The loss of Scott coupled with the drafting of Bazuin increases the likelihood that the versatile Israel Idonije will be moved to tackle permanently.
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