The New York Jets announced on Monday that Calvin Pryor officially signed with the team. From ESPN.com:
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.
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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 NewYorkJets.com, 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.”