Browns trade LB Demario Davis to Jets for DB Calvin Pryor

Sheri Evans
June 2, 2017

BEREA, Ohio-First, the Browns lost a Pryor-before they added a Pryor.

The Cleveland Browns have acquired Calvin Pryor from the New York Jets for Demario Davis. Former D2 player (Cal. PA) and undrafted free agent Rontez Miles - in his fourth year - is the most experienced safety on the team. But he leaves as a disappointment.

General manager Mike Maccagnan used New York's No. 18 overall pick on Pryor in 2014, but he never really panned out. That he becomes one of the most reliable players in the two-deep certainly doesn't hurt either. The Jets indicated Pryor was on his way out a couple of times during the offseason.

Pryor's fate was sealed when the Jets drafted safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in this year's first two rounds. While Davis might not even make the final roster, he fits right in with the new Jet culture.

With Pryor leaving the Jets, the Maccagnan/Todd Bowles regime has now gotten rid of three recent first-round picks from previous Jets regimes. And everyone knew it.

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The Jets were planning to release Pryor, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported. He'll now battle for a spot in a crowded linebacking corps that includes veteran David Harris and second-year pro Darron Lee. He appeared in two games last season for the Lions. He also was part of a locker room the Jets are desperate to change. Not exactly a happy scene.

Pryor is also a box safety and he should be used at strong safety. They're going to be seven positions or less where there's going to be a draft pick taken. Pryor will have an opportunity in training camp and the preseason to compete for a starting job in Cleveland for the 2017 season. "We appreciate all he did for our organisation in his time in Cleveland".

Davis, 28, spent his first four seasons with the Jets after the team selected him in the third round of the 2012 draft. In this past year, I've grown as a person and a player in ways that wouldn't have happened in any other circumstance. "New York City. #ImComingHome".

Despite trading for him, this move does not mean Pryor is long for the Dawg Pound. The Jets will assume his $3.7 million contract this season.

Pryor, meanwhile, has a guaranteed base salary of $1.588 million, which carries over to the Browns.

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