UPDATE: Trevor Pryce didn't make it to Florham Park, N.J., in time for the start of practice Thursday, but he was en route, according to a team source.
Rex Ryan stole one from his former team, the Baltimore Ravens.
On Wednesday, the Ravens released veteran DE Trevor Pryce, with the stated goal of re-signing him later in the week or perhaps next week. They were juggling their roster and wanted to make room for S Ken Hamlin. But the New York Jets, short on defensive linemen, swooped in and ruined the Ravens' plan.
The Jets reportedly have signed Pryce, who will be reunited with Ryan, a former Ravens defensive coordinator. The Ravens can't be happy with Ryan, but, hey, Pryce was fair game. Because he's a vested veteran, he wasn't exposed to waivers. He was a free agent, and the Jets pounced.
Smart move by the Jets. Pryce isn't the double-digit sacker he was early in his career -- he has produced little this season -- but the Jets have been hit hard by injuries on the line. NT Kris Jenkins is out for the season with a knee injury, and promising backup DE Ropati Pitoitua tore an Achilles' tendon in the preseason.
The Jets were down to Shaun Ellis, Mike DeVito and Vernon Gholston at end. The Pryce move could allow Gholston to concentrate on outside linebacker, where he might be needed due to injuries to Calvin Pace (foot) and Jamaal Westerman (ankle).
Pryce is an old warhorse, familiar with Ryan's system. The Jets are aquiring a lot of antiques, but they're in a win-now mode and this move makes sense.