Calvin Pryor officially a New York Jet

AP Photo/Bill Kostroun
AP Photo/Bill Kostroun

The New York Jets announced on Monday that Calvin Pryor officially signed with the team. From

Pryor signed the standard four-year contract, plus a fifth-year team option. Based on the rookie slotting system, his entire deal is worth $8.56 million, fully guaranteed. It includes a signing bonus of about $4.5 million. 

Pryor was a surprise pick for the Jets. Many observers figured they’d pick a cornerback or wide receiver in the first round, but they began to target Pryor once the top corners and receivers were gone. He was the first safety off the board. 

Head Coach Rex Ryan had this to say about Pryor:

“You talk about a passionate guy and the enthusiasm and everything else — you’ll see it. When he gets out there you’ll see it. But yeah, (he) will have a few wisdom teeth removed. So he’s going to miss a few days.”

In this article on, Pryor said  “They brought me here for a reason. With the 18th pick, I have to come in here and get respect from the older guys and the vets, and I feel like I have to just earn their respect and earn everything. Right now, that’s what I’m focused on, just learning the system so I’ll be ready to go.”

Pryor packs a punch, but he wants to be known for more than just his hitting ability.

“I’m very confident in my ability, first and foremost. I feel like I have the complete package as a safety,” he said. “Most people know me as a hard-hitting safety because I had a few hard hits in college. But when you watch my film, you see that playmaking ability that jumps out at you, a guy that’s flying around and has passion for the game.”

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