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According to Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs’ Twitter account, Head Coach Rex Ryan’s New York Jets have signed defensive end Trevor Pryce.
“kinda sad 2day. my boy trevor pryce signed wit the JETS!!!!!” Suggs wrote at 10:21 on Thursday morning. “happy for him but would rather he be on my team!!!!! ”
Several media outlets have confirmed the news through league sources, although neither the Ravens nor the Jets have made an official announcement.
Suggs, like many of Pryce’s other former teammates, was surprised and somewhat disappointed.
“Now he’s over there with Rex Daddy,” said Suggs. “I’m shocked. I’m still waiting for a call. I called him a few unpleasant words, but just joking. That’s my man. He said, ‘I’m going to call you later from the big city.’”
The Ravens released Pryce on Wednesday to make room for safety Ken Hamlin, who should contribute on special teams in Baltimore’s upcoming showdown with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Immediately following his release on Wednesday, Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh expressed a desire to re-sign Pryce soon, perhaps as soon as next week.
Pryce’s locker was still filled with his personal belongings and practice gear Wednesday afternoon, and safety Ed Reed wore Pryce’s No. 90 jersey in the locker room.
“I found out last night,” said nose tackle Kelly Gregg. “He called right after we got out of practice. It’s just sad to see a guy like that go. He was instrumental in our defense and in our room, and it’s just a crazy situation.”
Ryan was Baltimore’s defensive coordinator from 2005-08, and Pryce totaled 19 ½ sacks with Ryan calling the defensive shots.
Before Thursday’s practice, current Ravens Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison said he wasn’t aware of the transaction.
“I didn’t even hear that he was [signed],” explained Mattison. “But if that is true, we loved having him here, he was a tremendous addition in our meeting room and we wish him the best of luck.”