After using their first two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft on safeties, the Jets have opted not to pick up the fifth-year option on former first-rounder Calvin Pryor, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
Following the draft, GM Mike Maccagnan was asked if the team would in fact decline the fifth-year option, but declined comment as neither Pryor nor his agent had been made aware of the team's decision.
Those two picks basically said that the Jets were done with Pryor, even before they decided not to pick up the option.
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If the Jets do not have a trade partner on the horizon, this season will be fascinating to watch.
This is not a surprise given that the Jets already had Pryor on the trading block. McCown is the favorite to open as the starter, but his inability to stay healthy the last several seasons means Hackenberg will nearly certainly make starts this year. May. He counts $2.7 million against the cap this year. You can't have enough good players at any position.
If there's anyone qualified to find a way to make all three work seamlessly together, it's Jets coach Todd Bowles. Pryor played much better in 2015 in Bowles' first year, but his play slipped again in 2016.
Pryor appears to be part of that change.