After being released by the Ravens, Trevor Pryce says he was assured by head coach John Harbaugh that the team wanted to re-sign him this upcoming Monday.
Pryce didn't take Harbaugh up on his offer.
The veteran defensive end chose to head up to New York to join the Jets, because, he said, it gave him a chance to reunite with Rex Ryan, his former defensive coordinator in Baltimore.
"I'm humbled that Rex wanted me to play here," Pryce said today during a press conference with New York reporters. "When this opportunity pops up, you go, 'Ah, I don't think I'm going back.'"
Pryce said that he and Harbaugh met for about half an hour when the Ravens made the decision to release the defensive end, and that talk went well.
"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 me back Monday. My agent knew that if Rex called, that is where I was going."
Signing with the Jets makes sense for Pryce for a few reasons: he can play this Sunday, while he would have been watching from his sofa if he wanted to take the Ravens up on their offer; he will get two paychecks (he's guaranteed his full $2 million from the Ravens and his new contract from the Jets); and he gets to reunite with a coach with whom he has a great relationship.
"They were only casting me off for a week," Pryce said. "It came out of nowhere. It you are vested, you get to pick and chose.
"I don't think [the Ravens] were surprised. They took a calculated risk. I think they thought teams would call, but I don't think they thought things would happen so fast."