Another former New York Jets first-round pick may be seeing the end of his days in green on the horizon.
The Jets officially announced that they have declined the fifth-year option on 2014 first-round pick Calvin Pryor’s contract. The decision means Pryor is now under his rookie contract only through the 2017 season, rather than through 2018.
Had the Jets picked up the option, Pryor would have made just under $6 million in 2018, according to CBS Sports.
Pryor played 15 games for the Jets in 2016, his third year in the league, recording 43 tackles. The only two interceptions in his NFL career came in 2015, when he also had a career-high 69 tackles. Additionally, Pro Football Focus gave Pryor a career-low 68.7 grade after he earned a 77.5 and 77.0 in his first and second year respectively.
Wednesday was the deadline for NFL teams to make these decisions for 2014 draft picks. But it isn’t a coincidence that the Jets have done this after drafting two safeties with their first two picks in the NFL Draft – Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick and Marcus Maye at no. 39.
Still, head coach Todd Bowles made it sound like there could still be room for Pryor and free safety Marcus Gilchrist this season, by way of packages with extra safeties on the field.
“We have a bunch of packages where we play three safeties at one time — or we’d like to,” Bowles said after day two. “We didn’t have the luxury last year, but we have that in our packages.”
Adams is a hard-hitting strong safety and was widely considered one of the best prospects available in this year’s draft. He is likely to play the same role on the field that Pryor has been playing.
Pryor is still under contract for 2016 and will make just over $2.7 million.