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The Pryce is wrong for Ravens

Pryce

The NFL transaction wire got interesting Thursday when the Jets swooped in and signed DT Trevor Pryce, who had been released by Baltimore early in the week. The Ravens assumed they could bring Pryce back later this season, and he didn’t even bother to pack up his locker anticipating a return. The Ravens actually cut Pryce to bring back S Ken Hamlin in a similar role, and the Steelers (Baltimore’s Week 4 opponent) executed the same strategy with Byron Leftwich earlier this year. But Pryce’s $2 million 2010 contract with Baltimore was guaranteed because he’s a vested veteran, so when the Jets swooped in with an offer, he had the chance to make double money for the rest of the season, and that proved too juicy a proposition to pass up.

 

It’s a blow to the Ravens, who lost backup DEs Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards via free agency in the offseason. Pryce didn’t start any of the first three games of the season, as Cory Redding came to town and started, but Pryce is still a solid 3-4 defensive end who can hold up against the run and provide some pass-rush punch. Losing him as depth hurts the Ravens, and losing him to the AFC-rival Jets hurts even more. Thet Jets can use Pryce at end so that Sione Pouha can move inside to team with Mike DeVito on the nose to replace the injured Kris Jenkins.

While the Ravens may be irate at what Pryce for choosing to leave (and Michael Lombardi thinks they should be), they’re the ones that took the risk. They’re the ones who put Pryce on the open market. To put it bluntly, they’re the ones that fired him, whether or not they intended to bring him back. You can’t blame Pryce for pursuing double payment for the year, especially when he’s 35 and in the twilight of his career. And the Jets are a natural landing spot for Pryce since he played under Rex Ryan in Baltimore and knows new teammates like Bart Scott and Jim Leonhard. It’s a coup for the Jets, and they deserve credit for swooping in when Pryce hit the market.

As it ends up, the price of the Pryce roster gamble ended up being much higher than the Ravens expected.

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Eliminator Pool Suggestions – Week 4

We rode an obvious pick to a win last week, and now we’re 3-0. This week, we’re going back under the radar in search of a winner.

1. Tennessee over Denver – This pick is a little off the board, but here’s our reasoning. One, the Titans have looked good this season – winning convincingly at home against the Raiders and on the road at the Giants while playing good defense against the elite Steelers. And Denver, despite putting up a bunch of passing yards, hasn’t played consistently in the red zone in losses at Jacksonville and at home against the Colts. They do have a home win against the Seahawks, but the bottom line is that this team that’s 3-10 in its last 13 games isn’t good enough to go on the road and beat a quality team like the Titans. So take the Titans this week to keep you alive in your eliminator pool.

2. New Orleans over Carolina – The Panthers have looked as bad as any team in the NFC this year, and now they go to New Orleans to face the Saints. The Saints haven’t been blowing people out this year like they did last year, but we just can’t imagine the Panthers’ moribund offense producing enough points to keep up with Drew Brees & Co. This is a safe place to cash in the Saints if you’re so inclined.

3. Atlanta over San Francisco – This is an attractive matchup, given how well Atlanta has played against good teams and how awful San Francisco has looked. But we are going to try to save the Falcons for late-season games against the Bucs and Panthers, and we also still believe the 49ers will develop some friskiness before it’s all said and done. We don’t consider this a trap game, but there are better options on the board.

Trap to avoid – N.Y. Jets at Buffalo – Laugh if you will, but remember that the Bills beat the Jets last year and that the Bills have been within a score of both AFC East opponents this year. The Jets will likely win this game, but there’s just enough history that opens the door for a Bills win that using the Jets on the road isn’t wise.

Results
Week 3 – W Baltimore (over Cleveland)
Week 2 – W Oakland (over St. Louis)
Week 1 – W N.Y Giants (over Carolina)

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