Bart Scott spent his 11-year NFL career playing linebacker for the Ravens and Jets, but came thisclose to joining the Browns in between.
A bathroom door spared him that fate.
Cleveland sympathizers, stop reading here. Baltimore fans are going to love this.
Scott told the story of his brush with the Browns on the Simms & Lefkoe Podcast Thursday.
Coming off a breakout season for the Ravens in 2005, Scott was looking for a new deal. He traveled to Berea, Ohio, to tour the Browns' facility and sign a contract.
An unimpressed Scott found himself in a pinch when then-coach Romeo Crennel asked if he was ready to join the team. Then, in the nick of time, his agent called; the Ravens were offering him an extension.
Scott excused himself and hid in the bathroom, where he got on the phone with his agent and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome. They worked out a deal on the spot.
How the conversations went down, according to Scott:
"I went to the bathroom, [the Ravens] said, 'Get the hell out of there, we'll give you a deal.' I said, 'Thank you, Jesus!' ... I was visiting the Browns, and Ozzie [Newsome] called me up. My agent was like, ... 'Can you get the hell out of there?' I said, 'Hells yeah.' I went to the bathroom, and Romeo Crennel -- have you ever heard Romeo Crennel talk? He sounds like Kermit -- 'Hey Bart, you think you can come here?' So I hid in the bathroom. Ozzie agreed. My agent said, 'We good to go.' I said, 'Thank you guys very much, thank you all for coming out. Good night, God bless.'"
He said the Browns were confused about the sudden reversal, but he "gave them the deuces" and left.
Here's video of Scott retelling the story:
Bart Scott reveals he hid in a bathroom to avoid signing with the Browns https://t.co/Ixu7Ar133B
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) December 3, 2015
Of note: Cleveland had offered him a five-year deal worth more than the $13.5 million, three-year extension he signed with Baltimore, according to BaltimoreBeatDown.com.
It's been another demoralizing season for the Browns, who are 2-14 since November 23, 2014. Quarterback Johnny Manziel was named the starter over Josh McCown during the bye week, but was demoted to third string days later as pictures of him partying emerged. Manziel spent time in rehab earlier this year.
To make matters worse, McCown broke his collarbone against the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Backup Austin Davis still managed to get the team in position for a game-winning field goal ... only to have the kick blocked and returned for a touchdown with no time left on the clock.
Ravens win. Browns lose, again.