Calvin Pryor traded by New York Jets to Cleveland Browns

Safety considered a borderline bust after first round selection doesn’t get results

In a part of the National Football League offseason that is usually quiet, the New York Jets made a surprising trade, in which their former first round pick, safety Calvin Pryor, will be sent to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for linebacker Demario Davis, who has already served a stint on the Jets earlier in his career. While Pryor has been healthy, he was unimpressive in run support and wasn’t improving in his pass coverage skills. This resulted in the Jets drafting safeties Jamal Adams out of Louisiana State University and Marcus Maye out of the University of Florida with their first two selections in the draft, making Pryor the odd man out in the Jets’ future at the position. The Jets found further reason to let him go when he was absent from the first Organized Team Activity of the offseason. In a move that some viewed as a response, Pryor was assigned to the third team when he arrived in the second week of the activity.

As for Pryor’s play with the Browns, he’s going to a team in desperate need of secondary help. The Browns already drafted safety Jabrill Peppers with one of their three first round picks in the 2017 NFL Draft. However, Peppers in an ideal situation would switch in the middle of the game between safety and nickelback, so Pryor would be of great help in deploying Peppers in the best case scenario.

Demario Davis was a third round pick for the Jets in 2012, and was similarly unimpressive in his time with New York. However, he signed a free agent deal with the Browns last offseason, and was a pleasant contributor to the Cleveland defense, providing 99 tackles in 15 starts. So Jets fans will be interested to see if that improvement will continue in his old home.

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