On Tuesday, free agent wide receiver Terrelle Pryor visited with the New York Jets, following a meeting with the Seattle Seahawks two days earlier. As soon as Thursday, it was reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that Pryor would be signing with the Jets. Early indications are that the QB-WR convert’s deal is for 1 year / $6 million, but details have yet to be leaked.
Update: ESPN’s Rich Cimini has reported that Pryor’s contract is for 1 year / $4.5 million with $2.5 million guaranteed. A good deal for the Jets.
Despite having an injury-plagued “down year” in 2017, which saw him play in nine games, Pryor amassed 97 receptions for 1,247 yards in the past two seasons. With 1,007 of those yards coming in his breakout 2016 campaign, one has to imagine Pryor’s production levels out somewhere in-between this season, barring injury. Pryor represents a high-upside, low-risk option for the Jets in 2018. Should he provide average WR2 production or anything better, the deal is worth its price.
For comparison, Danny Amendola just signed a 2 year / $12 million deal with the Miami Dolphins, after recording 84 receptions for 902 yards in the past two seasons. Surely most teams would take a 5 inch taller, 4 year younger, and faster Pryor at $6 million, over Amendola.
Filling Out the Roster
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Jets have also signed/resigned four players that will provide the team with some depth, at least until the draft and OTA’s start to shape things up.
- DT Xavier Cooper – Was with the team last season, playing in 8 games. Minimal use.
- LB Brandon Copeland – Likely camp body; last three seasons with the Lions, but did not play last year due to a torn pectoral sustained in the preseason.
- LB Kevin Pierre-Louis – Traded to the Chiefs by the Seahawks last season, where he was used in a backup role capacity. Played well on special teams.
- WR/KR Andre Roberts – Jets are kicking the tires on his kick return ability. He was the Falcons’ primary kick and punt returner in 2017. Atlanta ranked ninth in kickoff return yards and 21st in punt return yards in 2018. With the return game, however, it is tough to solely look at stats, as situational field position and surrounding talent both factor into these numbers.