For the New York Jets there will be at least one face that will not be sticking on the team for more than another season. Calvin Pryor will not be playing for New York after 2017. The Jets just made a tough decision regarding his contract.
The Jets will not be picking up the option year of his contract. The New York Jets declined to exercise the fifth year option for the safety, according to ESPN. Their recent move was confirmed on Tuesday.
By not picking up his option it will make Pyror become a free agent following the 2017 season. His career may not be over with but after next season with the Jets, his career in New York will come to an end. It will give other teams a chance to bid on him.
New York may of made their decision strategically. They waited until the draft was finished before setting their game plan going forward with Pryor. It was a way to protect themselves, to see if they got their hands on another safety during the draft, which they did.
The Jets actually landed two safetys, and are now deep in the position. They picked Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in the first and second round of the draft. There could potentially be some serious competition going forward for the starting gig on the team.
With Pryor, the Jets have a few options. They may even try to trade him. Right now he would likely come cheap. He would only be costing $2.7 million with $1.6 million guaranteed in this season’s salary cap.
When it comes to performance as of late, Pryor has had a few issues. In three seasons as a starter, he has been inconsistent. Through 44 games, he produced just two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and a half-sack.
It may of been a smart move for the Jets not to pick up his fifth year option. While his age would be going up, so would his price. He would of cost $5.266 million in salary for 2018 guaranteed for injury only. For most teams, paying more money for an older player might not be an appetizing deal. Pryor is already 24-years-old.
He could even be put in a package deal if the Jets felt it was necessary. New York is not coming off of a successful season. They were a losing team. After finishing off the year going just 5-11, as the last place team of the AFC East, the Jets may be prepared for a change.
Is not picking up Pryor’s option the right move by the New York Jets? Was he going to cost too much in 2018? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Commentary by Cody Macleod