Browns Lose Out on LB Scott

UPDATED AT 5:00PM | The Browns are chasing another free agent who has a number of different suitors. Key in the Browns hunt is the reputation of General Manager Phil Savage, who is leading the negotiations. The OBR can report exclusively for our subscribers on who the player is and where negotiatons stand...

UPDATE can confirm that LB Bart Scott has decided to stay with his current club, the Baltimore Ravens. It is our understanding that the Ravens were permitted to match the deal put together by Cleveland. This decision ties in with our earlier update that Scott was leaning to going back to Baltimore.

UPDATE 3:30PM: has learned that LB Bart Scott has put off other trips and narrowed his decision down to Cleveland and Baltimore. While negotiations are on-going, no agreement has been reached at this time. In addition, a league source has told the OBR that the linebacker is now leaning towards going back to Baltimore. When contacted by the Orange and Brown Report, Scott's representative (Harold Lewis) would not comment on his client's status.

The Browns are circling in signing another defensive player for their front seven, can report this afternoon.

The Browns and Alan Herman, agent for linebacker Bart Scott, are currently involved in "serious negotiations", the agent told The OBR.

Scott, who has been in Cleveland since yesterday, was scheduled to leave town on a flight earlier this afternoon. However, talks between the two sides have heated up to the point where the flight was postponed and rescheduled for later this evening.

Herman told The OBR that the two sides have exchanged numbers and "things are looking upbeat".

Scott, a 6'2", 240 pound outside linebacker came into his own last season while filling in for an injured Ray Lewis in Baltimore. Given an opportunity to play, Scott responded with 92 tackles and four sacks when given the opportunity.

As with signings of LeCharles Bentley, Dave Zastudil, and Kevin Shaffer, the Browns front office is targeting players in their first possible year of free agency. It is often suggested that NFL players tend to hit their peak performance around this point in their careers.

By signing such young free agents, Savage is creating a direction for the Browns with his signings that will have multi-year impact.

One of the biggest factors in Scott's interest in the Browns, Herman said, was the presence of general manager Phil Savage in Cleveland.

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