It wasn't that long ago that Ian Scott was in the starting lineup for the Chicago Bears when they lined up against the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl. Now, almost a week after the draft, he was still out of work until he came to Philadelphia.
The Eagles pursued Scott to help add depth to their defensive line. Scott, while starting 15 games for the Bears last season, isn't guaranteed a starting job with the Eagles, but elected to sign with them, judging it to be his best opportunity. Before coming to Philadelphia, Scott had visited the Patriots, Vikings, Broncos and Falcons.
Scott's arrival sets up a training camp battle between him and Brodrick Bunkley, who stepped up to a presumed starting job during the off-season. The Eagles were somewhat disappointed with Bunkley in his first pro season and Scott's arrival will serve to push him in camp and provide an adequate alternative if he doesn't show improvement over his first campaign.
The Eagles gave Scott a one-year deal. The 25-year-old Scott (6-2, 302) started in all three playoff games for the Chicago Bears in 2006, including Super Bowl 41. In 18 games (including playoffs), Scott registered 41 tackles, four tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and one fumble recovery.
Originally a fourth round draft choice of the Bears in 2003, Scott appeared in 49 regular season games (33 starts) in four seasons with Chicago, posting 155 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, two sacks, and one interception. Additionally, Scott has started in all four playoff games the Bears have played since 2003.
A three-year defensive tackle at Florida, Scott decided to enter the NFL draft following his junior season after posting 57 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, and one sack. He also earned second-team All-SEC honors as a sophomore.
Notes from the 'Nest:
The Eagles cut three players loose on Friday. Exiting were RB Antoine Bagwell, QB Jeff Mroz and LB Greg Richmond. None of the three players were expected to make any contribution to the 2007 version of the Eagles.