Calvin Pryor’s New York story has ended, at least for the time being.

 

 

Calvin Pryor’s New York story has ended, at least for the time being.

The New York Jets traded the fourth-year safety and Port St. Joe native to the Cleveland Browns last week in exchange for linebacker Demario Davis.

Pryor was a first-round draft choice, No. 18 overall, of the Jets in 2014, but his status on the New York roster has been an open question in the brutal New York media since the end of 2016.

That season was one of hope for the Jets and for Pryor, who many predicted was poised for a breakout season.

But it ended with Pryor’s place on the depth chart in question and the Jets in free fall.

The Jets declined to pick up the fifth-year option on Pryor’s rookie deal, meaning he will become a free agent after the coming season.

The team followed that by selecting safeties, including Jamal Adams, rated the best at the position in the class, in the first two rounds of the recent National Football League draft.

Pryor initially did not report for team workouts late last month; when he did he was reportedly working out on a field with reserves.

In Cleveland, he joins a team that posted the worst record in the NFL last year, but which, with a new, younger front office, made inroads toward respectability in free agency and the draft.

In addition, defensive coordinator Greg Williams is seen as having the hard-charging attacking scheme that could get the most out of Pryor’s style.

Pryor made 38 starts in three seasons with New York and has 191 tackles, half a sack, 14 pass break-ups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

Last year he started 15 games at strong safety and registered 43 solo tackles.

“Calvin is a young, experienced safety that has upside,” said Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown. “We are pleased to be able to add him to our defensive back room and just like every player we acquire, we expect him to come in with a hard-working mindset ready to compete.”

On his Instagram account, Pryor posted the following message: “New month. New beginning. New mindset. New focus.”