BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — With the Buffalo Bills overhauling their defense this offseason, linebacker Bryan Scott was excited and relieved to find out he won't be among the castoffs.
The 10-year NFL veteran will return to Buffalo after signing a one-year contract Wednesday, a week before Scott was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
"I'm excited to be staying in Buffalo, because we're a lot closer to making the playoffs than what people might think," Scott told The Associated Press by phone from his offseason home in Atlanta. "I would've been really disappointed if that was my last season in Buffalo, leaving a city like that and not finishing what we're trying to get accomplished."
He first announced the deal by posting a note on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon. Scott then confirmed to the AP that he had just signed the contract the Bills had sent him and planned to return the document to the team.
Scott has spent the past six seasons in Buffalo, where he has proven to be a versatile utility man. He's split time at both linebacker and safety and been a regular on special teams.
He finished second on the team with four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and also forced and recovered two fumbles in 16 games last season, including one start. Overall, he has seven interceptions, seven sacks and recovered six fumbles in 87 games in Buffalo.
The opportunity to re-sign with Buffalo was first broached during conversations between team officials and Scott's agent at the NFL combine in Indianapolis last month.
Scott had grown worried about his status with the Bills, who are once again in transition. Doug Marrone takes over as the new head coach after Chan Gailey was fired following three consecutive losing seasons.