Whoops. This one didn't quite work out the way the Ravens expected.
Before Wednesday's practice, Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it seem as if it was a foregone conclusion that Pryce would be return to the Ravens — as soon as next week. "Trevor is a big part of what we're doing here, and we anticipate getting him back," Harbaugh said. "It's just what we had to do for now."
But Jets coach Rex Ryan, the former Ravens' defensive coordinator, swept in and lured his former player to New York. Honestly, can you blame Pryce for leaving? The Ravens raved about what he brings to the table, but if they thought he was so invaluable, they wouldn't have risked removing him from the 53-man roster.
Pryce was a respected voice in the Ravens locker room, but in terms of production, it isn't a major loss for the Ravens. Pryce took an offseason pay cut just to stay with the Ravens, and he didn't do much in the first three games of the season. Now players such as Paul Kruger, Terrence Cody and Brandon McKinney will get a chance to take on larger roles on the Ravens defense. We'll see how that works out.
Still, Pryce signing with the Jets is a minor kick to the Ravens' kidneys.
Get ready to hear some story about how Ryan, who loves putting the screws to the Ravens, made a late-night call to Pryce and told him how he wouldn't be unappreciated on the Jets. You know it's coming.