On the trading block for a while, Pryor has been a disappointment since being selected in the first round of the 2014 draft.
Entering the final year of his rookie deal, Pryor will be a free agent after the 2017 season. They did the same thing with Dee Milliner previous year and then cut him before the season.
If the Jets had picked up Pryor's option they would have owed him about $5.5 million in 2018, but that money only would have been guaranteed if he suffered major injury before the 2018 season.
NFL Network reported last week that the Jets were shopping Pryor and defensive end Sheldon Richardson during the draft, but general manager Mike Maccagnan declined to comment on the report or say definitively that Pryor will be on the roster this season. He counts $2.7 million against the cap this year. To me, you can't have enough good players at any position. He also struggled with tardiness and was benched for one game as a disciplinary measure. With two new youngsters in the secondary, Pryor became expendable after a down year in 2016.
GM Mike Maccagnan and Bowles are trying to remake the Jets' locker room, parting ways with numerous players their predecessors brought in.