On Thursday, the Cleveland Browns agreed to trade LB Demario Davis to the Jets in exchange for S Calvin Pryor. The Jets have been trying to trade the former first-round pick since the draft. The Jets selected safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye in the first two rounds of the draft, which hinted at the end of Pryors time in New York. Pryor showed how he felt by skipping the first day of OTAs. His message was noted.
Demario Davis started for the Jets from 2013 to 2015 and then left the team in free agency. He is now returning to the Jets. This is what Davis had to say:
Todd Bowles reflected on Pryor's actions: "We draft people every year". If anybody's going to cry about somebody drafting somebody at their spot and not go out there and play, this is not the league for them." Adam Schefter reported that the Jets were planning on releasing Pryor if they did not find a trade partner for him.
Pryor was drafted 18th overall by the Jets in 2014. He had a good season in 2015 but regressed greatly last year. He recorded no interceptions and only one forced fumble. Browns' executive vice president Sashi Brown said: "Calvin is a young, experienced safety that has upside."
Demario Davis, on the other hand, is returning to the team he started on. He was drafted by the Jets in the third round in 2012. He had a good few years with the Jets and also with the Browns. Last year, he recorded 99 tackles, 2 sacks, and a forced fumble. Davis is entering a strong linebacker corps in New York. He is joined by David Harris and Darron Lee, also inside linebackers. With three strong inside linebackers on the roster, it will be interesting to see how the depth chart plays out.
The Browns expect Pryor to start at safety alongside first-round pick Jabrill Peppers. The Browns have high hopes for Pryor and hope he can fill the role they want him to. However, it is surprising that the Browns traded their starting inside linebacker. The team does not have a solid replacement for him and will need to find one quick as training camp is approaching. he Browns do have two solid outside linebackers in Jamie Collins and Christian Kirksey, who recently signed extensions with the team.
This trade does not have a clear winner yet and we will have to wait until the season starts to see who will play better. Will we see the 2015 Pryor or 2016 Pryor?