Trevor Pryce acknowledged that the Ravens had intended to bring him back Monday, but the defensive end had an understanding with his agent.
If Rex Ryan and the Jets called, he was going there.
"I'm humbled that Rex wanted me to play here," Pryce said at his introductory press conference with the Jets.
He added, "When this opportunity pops up, you go, 'Ah, I don't think I'm going back.' "
Before he was released by the Ravens, Pryce had a 30-minute talk with coach John Harbaugh about returning in a few days.
"John was very cool about it," Pryce said. "He was as positive as he could be. He said, 'I really didn't want to do it, but I need that spot until Monday.' John was very candid that they were bringing him back Monday."
Pryce described the Ravens' move as "a calculated risk" and said the Ravens probably didn't think another team would show such strong interest in a 35-year-old lineman.
He also said he expected fewer snaps as a pass-rush specialist because the Ravens struggled on first and second downs.
"We couldn't stop water from running," he said. "We had some stuff to work out."
Ultimately, his decision came down to playing for Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Ravens.
"He instills confidence in you that you don't have," Pryce said. "I got released from Denver, that whole thing went down, and he just thought I was more than I knew I was. And by doing that, you don't want to let somebody like that down."
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