By Reid McEvoy
The New York Jets traded away Calvin Pryor III, their former first-round draft pick in 2014, to the Cleveland Browns. The deal sends Pryor to the Browns, and in return, the Jets get back linebacker Demario Davis, who played with the Jets from 2012 to 2015.
Pryor was expendable after the Jets used the first two picks of this year's draft to take safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.
Davis left New York to sign a two-year deal with the Browns in 2016 as a free agent, so the Jets will get one year out of him, unless they decide to re-sign him, which was an opportunity they passed on in 2016.
Davis is 28 and is approaching the final years of his career, but the Jets believe he can help develop players like Darron Lee, in addition to the overall linebacker core. The acquisition of Davis also opens up the ability to get rid of the Joakim Noah-like contract of linebacker David Harris.
As for Cleveland, Pryor III could help develop first-round draft pick Jabrill Peppers into a Pro Bowl-type safety. Peppers, a converted linebacker, could easily take lessons from the hard-hitting CP3 and become a fumble machine (in the good way, of course), helping change the Browns’ future to look a whole lot brighter.