The New York Jets have decided not to exercise the fifth-year contract option for safety Calvin Pryor, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports.
Pryor, who has dealt with injuries and inconsistency, can become a free agent after this season.
Pryor’s future with the franchise became increasingly uncertain during the draft last weekend, when the Jets selected safeties in each of the first two rounds: LSU’s Jamal Adams with the No. 6 overall pick and Florida’s Marcus Maye in the second round.
The Jets could continue efforts to trade Pryor, although team officials suggested there is no urgency to move the 24-year-old. He is counting only $2.7 million ($1.6 million guaranteed) against this year’s salary cap, and coach Todd Bowles said he can use Pryor in three-safety packages with the two rookies.
Pryor has been inconsistent in three seasons as a starter. In 44 games, he produced only two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a half-sack under two coaching staffs.
The fifth-year option would have been $5.266 million in salary for 2018, guaranteed for injury only.