It was obvious safety Calvin Pryor was being phased out of the secondary after the New York Jets drafted a pair of safeties in the first two rounds of the 2017 NFL Draft. Now, the 2014 first-round pick will get a chance to revitalize his career in Cleveland.
The Jets are trading Pryor to the Cleveland Browns, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. The Jets will get a former player back in return for Pryor. Garafolo reports Cleveland will trade linebacker Demario Davis back to New York.
Pryor is coming off of a disastrous 2016 season during which he regressed significantly. He recorded 60 total tackles and forced one fumble last season while being a liability in coverage. Pryor leaves the Jets with only two interceptions and two forced fumbles in three seasons.
Davis spent his first four professional seasons in New York after being taken by the team in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He left for Cleveland last offseason after the Jets let him walk via free agency. Davis recorded 99 total tackles and 2 sacks in 15 starts for the Browns. Davis is in the final year of his contract and the Jets will owe him $3.8 million in 2017. Cleveland will eat $1 million in dead cap space.
The Jets indicated they were done with Pryor long before this trade happened. It started at the end of April when they drafted Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye with their first two picks in the draft. During the draft, it was reported that the Jets were shopping Pryor and defensive end Sheldon Richardson. Pryor’s fate might have been sealed when the team decided not to pick up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract.
Now, Pryor will get a chance to revitalize his disappointing career with the Browns.