Safety Calvin Pryor signs with Jets

06/03/2014 10:08 AM

The New York Jets announced Monday, via Twitter , that they signed their first round pick, Louisville safety Calvin Pryor.

Calvin Pryor, who was the 18th selection in the 2014 NFL draft, is slotted to make $8.55 million over four years with a team option for a fifth year. Pryor will also receive a $4.6 million signing bonus per overthecap.com. Under the current NFL collective bargaining agreement, rookie contracts are pre-determined.

Calvin Pryor will be counted on to start immediately for the team that had definite issues in their secondary last season. In an interview with newyorkjets.com, Pryor said, “I’m very confident in my ability, first and foremost. I feel like I have the complete package as a safety. 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 play-making ability that jumps out at you, a guy that’s flying around and has passion for the game.”

Pryor’s new head coach Rex Ryan echoes those sentiments. Having already labeled Calvin as an “enforcer,” Ryan said, “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.”

Calvin Pryor was the first of three Louisville Cardinals taken in the first round of this year’s draft. Both he and the 32nd pick, Teddy Bridgewater, have signed contracts. Only linebacker Marcus Smith, taken with the 26th pick by the Philadelphia Eagles, has yet to sign his contract.

Trey Eckerle

Trey Eckerle joined cn|2 in June 2013. A graduate of WKU, Trey grew up in Louisville and enjoys having a front row seat as Director to Kentucky sports and politics. He can be reached at 502-792-1106 or trey.eckerle@charter.com

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