Trevor Pryce's Jump To the Jets Shows Rex Ryan's Worth

Carl D. CarlucciCorrespondent ISeptember 30, 2010

BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 11:  Trevor Pryce #90 of the Baltimore Ravens returns to the huddle during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at M&T Bank Stadium on October 11, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 17-14. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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When Trevor Pryce was asked for his thoughts on whether or not Rex Ryan would make a good coach Pryce said, "If he becomes a head coach, I'm going to find out and I'm going with him."

It took some time, but now Pryce gets to find out what kind of ship Rex Ryan runs.

After the Ravens cut Pryce on Wednesday, they stated their intentions to bring him back into the fold come Monday.

Unfortunately for the Ravens, and rather fortunately for the Jets, Ryan and GM Mike Tannenbaum swooped in with an offer Pryce couldn't refuse: a chance to play for Rex Ryan again.

Pryce is fourth on the active sacks list with 90, behind only Jason Taylor, Joey Porter, and John Abraham. As a free agent in 2006, Pryce left the Denver Broncos to play for the Baltimore Ravens, whose defensive coordinator at the time was Rex Ryan. In his first year under Ryan, Pryce recorded 13 sacks, which tied a career best for the defensive end.

Pryce left no questions on the table as to why he choose to sign with the Jets over the Ravens.

"There are certain things you don't have to say, like, 'Water is good for you,'" said Pryce, 35, explaining his desire to play for Ryan. "There are certain known truths in life, and that's one of them."

Pryce provides much needed depth for the Jets along the defensive line. They've suffered season ending injuries to Ropati Pitoitua and Kris Jenkins.

While Pryce has not been a regular contributor to the Ravens defense this season, Ryan has said that he will be active on Sunday against Buffalo.

Pryce's Ravens teammates seemed to be disappointed that he chose to leave the team. Ed Reed wore Pryce's jersey in tribute to the departed lineman and Terrell Suggs was quoted as saying, "I definitely would want him in this locker room. Now, he's over there with Rex Daddy."

Bart Scott, another defector from the Ravens locker room to the Jets, said, "I guarantee you, there's at least 15 other players over there that are praying to God they get released for half a day, too, so they can come over here."

If the attitudes of Bart Scott and Trevor Pryce are akin to much of the Ravens locker room, and Suggs' moniker for Rex is suggestive of something, it is clear that the selection of John Harbaugh over Rex Ryan not only hit the Jets head coach hard, but the players on his defense as well.

Ryan was disappointed he did not get the Ravens job, but everything happens for a reason. Now that he is with the Jets, Ryan is utilizing his infectious personality to lure his former players away from Baltimore and to New York.

The signing of Pryce provides just another example of just what Rex Ryan means to this Jets team. His faith in his players and their abilities and the support he gives them has allowed a relatively loose confederation of what some would like to call mercenaries to become a strong team.