The Jets will release wide receiver Terrelle Pryor as reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jets are releasing WR Terrelle Pryor today, per league source. Pryor has a tear in his groin and is expected to be out about two weeks. Jets interested in bringing him back when healthy, but other teams also likely to be interested.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 20, 2018
Not that I am one to doubt Schefter, but it certainly does feel like there’s more to the story here. Players with $4.5 million contracts tend to not be released when they get hurt. They are inactive on gameday until they heal.
Pryor’s season with the Jets has been tumultuous to date. During training camp he earned a rare public rebuke from head coach Todd Bowles for divulging information on an offseason injury. Pryor’s season has been up and down. Loafing on routes during key plays in early games led to a reduced role. He then went to the media to complain about that reduced role.
There were also some good moments, however. Pryor sprinkled in some big plays during the early weeks of the season and was coming off a strong Week 6 game against the Colts.
We will find out whether it was simply the injury in the weeks ahead. If Pryor rejoins the Jets upon getting healthy, we will know it was about the injury. It seems like there are other players the Jets could have cut had they actually been invested in Pryor, though.