Potsdam native Trevor Scott had never experienced one of the worst parts of being a professional football player until last October when he was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Ive never been cut before, said Scott on Friday, a day after signing with the Chicago Bears. Never being cut before I never knew what to expect. The first 24 hours was the hardest.
But Scott, a defensive end with six years of NFL experience, took things in stride and went back to work.
Basically, I went back home and started training harder. I kept contact with my agent because they control the business part of it, he said. Recently, Chicago had interest and I went down for a workout and they like what the saw. I was really familiar with all the drills they wanted and I performed well.
The 6-foot-5, 260-pound player who played three sports at Potsdam high school, has appeared in 76 NFL games with 18 starts over six seasons. He was selected by the Raiders in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Buffalo. His best season came in 2009 when he notched 37 tackles, seven sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hits and six special-teams tackles while playing in all 16 games with six starts for Oakland.
Scott and the Raiders parted ways after the end of the 2011 season and he subsequently signed one-year deals with the New England Patriots for 2012 and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for this past season.
Scott was released by the Buccaneers on Oct. 24 after appearing in four games, all as a reserve.
During his tenure with the Buccaneers, Scott was teammates with fellow north country native Brian Leonard, a running back and Gouverneur native.
I knew Brian from working his camp and we were friends, Scott said. But playing with him was great and we grew really close. Its not often you can play with someone from the same area at the professional level.
According to published reports, the Bears view upgrading the defensive line as one of their top offseason priorities after the unit struggled last season due to injuries and inconsistent play.
Veteran defensive tackle Jeremiah Ratliff agreed to terms on a two-year deal on Wednesday, while fellow defensive linemen Henry Melton, Nate Collins, Corey Wootton and Landon Cohen are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents when the NFLs new league year begins on Tuesday.