On Wednesday, the Baltimore Ravens cut defensive end Trevor Pryce, who led the team in sacks last season. However, according to a league source, the four-time Pro Bowler has signed with the New York Jets Thursday.
The New York Jets will play next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills and for this game, the Jets NFL spread is set at -5 ½ (-110). The Jets achieved a win over the Miami Dolphins last weekend, while the Bills are coming off an 8-point loss to the New England Patriots.
Pryce has played for the Ravens since 2006 and had 26 sacks in four seasons with Baltimore. In addition, he led the team in the 2009 season with 6.5 sacks, despite having been a starter in just seven games.
Trevor was released by the Ravens to make room on the roster when they re-signed safety Ken Hamlin, who was cut by Baltimore last week when cornerback Cary Williams returned from the two-game suspension.
For his part, the Ravens coach John Harbaugh said on Wednesday that there was a high possibility that Pryce would return in Week 5 and also spoke about his desire to retain the player.
“You’ve got roster issues that you deal with. It’s not something we wanted to do,” Harbaugh said. “Trevor is a big part of what we’re doing here, and we anticipate getting him back. It’s just what we had to do for now.”
The 35-year-old veteran played for the Jets head coach Rex Ryan for three seasons when Ryan was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator, so we can say he is familiar with the Jets’ system.
In addition, the signing of Trevor makes sense for the Jets, if we consider that their front seven have been hampered by injuries. Calvin Pace is on his way back from surgery for a broken bone in his foot and Jason Taylor is playing with an elbow injury.