Jets trade Calvin Pryor to Browns

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When the Jets declined to exercise their option on safety Calvin Pryor’s contract for the 2018 season and drafted a pair of safeties with their first two picks in the draft, it wasn’t hard to predict Pryor wasn’t long for the team.

His time with the Jets has come to an end. The Jets have agreed to trade Pryor to the Browns. Linebacker Demario Davis, a former Jet, is the compensation heading back to Jersey.

Pryor was the Jets’ first-round pick in the 2014 draft and then-coach Rex Ryan talked him up as a playmaker who would stand out in the team’s defense. Pryor started 38 games for the team over his first three seasons, but otherwise fared as well as many of Ryan’s other predictions over the years. He didn’t make enough plays as a run supporter to overcome difficulties in pass coverage and, as mentioned, the Jets didn’t hide that they were moving in other directions.

First-round pick Jabrill Peppers figures to have a spot at safety with the Browns, but his versatility offers the team different ways to use him and “big nickel” sets could give Pryor a path to playing time in Cleveland.

Davis was a 2012 third-round pick of the Jets who signed with the Browns as a free agent last year. He had 99 tackles in 15 starts in Cleveland.

50 responses to “Jets trade Calvin Pryor to Browns

  1. When a guy has the talent to go in the first round you have to wonder if coaching and scheme played a part in his failure. If players around you aren’t doing their job, and you try to cover for them, you often fail to do your own job. If he washed out in a year I would think attitude or lifestyle. But to start 38 games, I wonder if the Jets dysfunction ruined him.

  2. Pryor got the better of that deal. Browns are going to be a better organization next year and going forward than the Jets.

  3. At the time Rex picked Pryor he said there were two first round safeties (Pryor and Clinton-Dix) and “I took the one who would knock your head off”. The Packers took Clinton-Dix a few picks later. I miss Rex.

  4. Simply put, the Jets need to drastically improve their drafting success or they will always struggle. Some recent first rounders:

    2012: Quinton Coples – currently a free agent
    2013 – Dee Milliner – currently a free agent
    2013 – Sheldon Richardson – still a Jet
    2014 – Calvin Pryor – traded to Browns
    2015 – present – too early to judge

  5. I’m sure everyone involved is thrilled by the prospect to join storied franchises with the chance to compete for the coveted first overall pick year in and year out.

  6. Can’t really argue with getting something for nothing seeing how they were gonna release him anyways and can’t blame the current FO for blowing that pick. Solid trade.

  7. Just like the jets to trade a player they don’t want for a player they didn’t want to resign.

  8. Not counting this last draft, that’s now three first-round picks including Quinton Coples and Dee Milliner that are no longer with the Jets since 2012.

    They sure know how to pick ’em.

  9. LOL!

    What an absolute bust!

    Add him to the many top 15 picks in the last decade that were complete whiffs.

    What franchise, other than Cleveland, is this bad at this?

  10. Pryor regressed in 2016.
    But if he performs as well as an average safety with Cleveland, then it shows that the Jets coach (Todd Bowles) isn’t good at developing young players. Neither was his predecessor, Rex Ryan.

  11. One of my favorite Rex moments occurred in Pryor’s rookie season when Rex was asked to comment prior to the Jets-Packer game on the comparison between Pryor and the Packer’s first round pick of Clinton-Dix. Rex said there was no comparison, Pryor was a better safety and would be one of the top players for years to come.

    Flash forward to 2017, Clinton-Dix is an All Pro and voted on to the top 100 players list and as for Pryor, he is headed to Rex status soon, in other words, out of football and watching from the sidelines.

  12. This kid got his NFL education paid for by the Jets. Now the Browns pick him up. He should be about ready to start dominating. Awesome pick up by the Browns.

  13. getting traded from the Jets to the Browns or the Browns to the Jets is like finding out the cancer is actually in your liver, not your spleen…

  14. As a patriots fan, GO GET EM BROWNIES! I firmly believe they may surprise people this year with 5-7 wins. I’m not being sarcastic. I am enjoying Hue begin to build up a team. The issue now is when does Jimmy Hadlam go full ass and fire him and the GM?

  15. It’s actually a good trade for the Jets –
    they weren’t going to get much out of Pryor, and it saves them having to pay him his 1st round rookie salary.

    It’s addition by subtraction.

    Its a good trade for the Browns because they might get something out of him, and it costs them very little.

  16. Pryor is a weak-minded player who constantly makes excuses for his poor play. When the ship was sinking last year he did nothing to help out. It almost looked like he didn’t mind losing.

    Coaches can’t change the fabric of a player. If things are going well in Cleveland, Pryor should be fine but don’t expect any sudden miracles out of him.

  17. I wonder if he’ll be a strong or free safety? I looked it up and he is supposedly more of a strong safety than free but had to play free the first couple of years out of necessity and went back to strong last year.

    One thing that might skew things with Pryor’s Jets tenure is he is a victim of the stupidly complicated 3-4 defense of Ryan then then too Bowles.

    I figure with Greg Williams’ 4-3 it will allow for simpler,more instinctual play where Pryor and others can play football instead of a coach’s “aren’t I clever playing chess defense (when checkers would be the better option)”

  18. Maybe these guys are arrogant to think they’re the missing piece to any given team but I’ve got to believe any player that hears the words “you’ve been traded to the Browns” has to contemplate retirement at some point short thereafter.

    I’d expect at some point, soon, players will start insisting a “not trade to the Browns” clause in their contracts.

    I’m not a Browns hater, my team isn’t even in their division but man, this is where players go to die. At the very least they suffer, greatly.

  19. This is an analytics move by the Browns. The analytics will tell you that (a) Pryor must have some skills since he was a first-round pick; (b) he’s had 3 years of NFL experience now; (c) he’s entering the years when he should be in his athletic prime. Granted, he didn’t play well in New York; if he had, the Jets wouldn’t trade him. But the analytics tell you that this is a guy worth taking a chance on, so long as you don’t have to give up a lot to get him. It’s an analytics move, and in that regard it’s entirely logical. If it doesn’t work out, whatever; he didn’t cost much. I consider this an intelligent move by the Browns.

  20. Should have left the headline at “Jets trade their first round pick for their own third round pick” and that is the whole story…wasted three minutes of my time reading about the worst franchise in football.

  21. I wondered what they were going to do with all of those old Terrelle Pryor uni’s. All makes sense now.

  22. Before everyone praises the Browns – wasn’t Pryor going to get cut? And if so, couldn’t the Browns have signed him without having to give up anything?

  23. I bet that the Browns move Jabrill Peppers to ILB.

    They are switching to a 4-3 and converted Collins to an OLB last year and told Kirksey he’d play the will OLB this year. They are thin at LB with Nate Orchard and Joe Schobert as backups. That leaves the Mike open.

    Meanwhile, in addition to starting safeties Derrick Kindred and Ibraheim Campbell, they have added Tyvis Powell, Jason McCourtey, Calvin Pryor, and Peppers in the off season.

    Analysts say that Atheletic TEs exploit the mismatch against ILBs. Peppers as an ILB eliminates this. Plus, he’ll have the beef up front in Shelton, Brantley, Meder, Wynn, and Ogunjobee to run stop.

  24. As a Bengals fan, I’m happy for Hue and they are building a team in Cleveland for sure. I just wish they weren’t in the same division. haha I’m sure that Browns fans are tired of being at the bottom all the time and butts of jokes. Like I said earlier, I’m a Bengals fan and know what that’s like.
    haha 🙂

  25. thetooloftools says:
    Jun 1, 2017 11:24 AM
    He had 99 tackles in 15 starts in Cleveland. / I thought those were good numbers.

    21 1

    —————

    Someone needs to do the tackling on a bad defense.

    Accumulation of stats is not always a good thing especially for a LB or a Safety.

  26. love…love…love love love to see the haters come out on every single Browns article. So creative; no trade clause, career is over, etc.–still haven’t seen the mistake on the lake. here is the thing. you have talent being added, and not just questionable talent, but real actual talent, and you all think that history will inevitably be repeated. Lame. Lamer than the Daisy Duke posters that hang in your parents’ basement…i mean in your walk-down brownstone apartment. O_o

  27. Yes the Jets have had some awful drafts..

    which is why the guy that took Pryor is no longer there

    Pryor can make some big hits and also big blown coverages in the secondary, missed lots of team meetings and his attitude sucks. Good Riddance.

    Rex Ryan had a lot of input into the draft while he was head coach, and….he proved he should never be his own GM. Its amazing how many players he asked for became major busts

    Took Quinton Coples over Chandler Jones
    Pryor over HA HA Clinton-Dix
    There is a book that details his involvement in the draft, including making team draft a WR in the 7th round that was Sanchez’ best friend–should have been a UFDA and was the beginning of the end for everyone.

    Just painful. Dee Milner I don’t know if I can blame rex or not, but we probably should.

    The biggest issue I had with Rex–when one of his players/picks does not pan out, he never says it was his pick–he gladly would blame his GM (Tannenbaum, Idzik) and conveniently leave out all his of begging to draft player xyz

    For someone as loud as rex, he was real quiet when owning up to his own mistakes.

  28. Still think they’re going to regret not listening to the coaches and taking Hooker. Pryor is not an FS and neither is Peppers, nor is Peppers big enough to play LB every down. Williams should find a way to fit these pieces together, but they would have gotten immediate impact from Hooker that I don’t think they will get with these players they do have now.

  29. Hooker has an amazing ceiling but has only played for 1 year.

    Ball skills are amazing
    But not a great tackler….

    And after 1 year of football he needed surgery on practically his whole body…

    I would have taken Hooker over Peppers though–his coverage skills are not elite and might be a big issue in the pros.

  30. >>>coop16 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 12:11 PM
    This is an analytics move by the Browns. The analytics will tell you that (a) Pryor must have some skills since he was a first-round pick; (b) he’s had 3 years of NFL experience now; (c) he’s entering the years when he should be in his athletic prime. Granted, he didn’t play well in New York; if he had, the Jets wouldn’t trade him. But the analytics tell you that this is a guy worth taking a chance on, so long as you don’t have to give up a lot to get him. It’s an analytics move, and in that regard it’s entirely logical. If it doesn’t work out, whatever; he didn’t cost much. I consider this an intelligent move by the Browns.
    ——————————-

    Not a Patriots fan, but Belichick would look at the tape and say “I don’t like the way he plays, I don’t want him”.
    He would not say:

    1 – he’s a 1st round pick thus he must be good because some 1st round picks are busts, and just because a bad team like the Jets spends a high pick on a player, doesnt turn that player into a good one.

    As for 3 years of NFL experience:
    3 years of mediocre play, which is strongly correlated with more mediocre play.

    Yes, he’s still young, so it’s possible he can improve. If the price is right and you don’t give up anything, then maybe its worth it.

    Belichick wouldn’t take this guy.

  31. Williams plays an aggressive nickle defense. People say it’s a 4-3 but really its a 4-2-5. Davis had a super reduced role in this defense with Kirksey re-signed.

    Pryor will be used creatively like peppers. Mccourty, Calhoun, and Haden this is shaping up to be a solid D.

    This has been a great couple of years for the building of the browns. #trusttheprocess

  32. as a browns fan a like the move. but on the jets stand point this doesn’t make much sense if I was a jets fan I would want daren Lee to be out there playing as much as he can and davis as a backup

  33. I think if Pryor can’t improve his coverage skills, Williams will use him similar to how he used Mark Barren who essentially has become an LB with the Rams (also like Buchanan with the Cardinals). The question though is who covers the back end, which is why I thought Hooker would have been a better pickup to cover the back end with his range. Sure his injuries worry you, but Peppers is on the small himself.

  34. getyourownname says:
    Jun 1, 2017 1:10 PM

    Before everyone praises the Browns – wasn’t Pryor going to get cut? And if so, couldn’t the Browns have signed him without having to give up anything?
    ___________________________________

    No they couldn’t.

    In order to sign him they would have had to release a player to make room for him so they would have lost a player either way. Also had the Jets released him and the Browns picked him up they’d be forced to sign him to a new contract. By getting him in a trade Pryor is still going to have to show he was worth the first round grade. If he doesn’t he’s a free agent in 2018 anyway, if he does the Browns get him when he finally breaks out and can offer him a new deal.

    Basically both teams helped each other by keeping from having to release players by taking on players who’s contracts they’d be more likely to renew if all goes well.

  35. @bobsacamano2

    They most definitely DID NOT draft Peppers to be a LB. He is versatile enough where they likely will move him around some but he will primarily be at Safety and they will focus him in one position not multiple ones like he did in college and that will be at a Safety position no doubt. They will likely have sets with 3 Safety’s on the field and in rare sets you may see him line up at ILB but that will not be his primary position.

  36. Settle down. It was just a MONEYBALL move made by those Harvard business geniuses in the F.O.

    Davis played well enough to possibly ask for more money and Pryor is still on his rookie contract.

    “Flying J” Jimmy Haslam is still paying his lawyers and those rebates.

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