FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Calvin Pryor was hit hard by the NFL for a hard hit.
The New York Jets safety was fined nearly $25,000 for his tackle of Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin last Sunday, but Pryor plans to appeal it.
“I don’t know if it was a clean hit or not, but I don’t think it was worth $25,000,” Pryor said Wednesday. “It was a first offense, as well. My first fine. I’m going to appeal it and see how it goes. Hopefully, it can be reduced.”
Pryor initially posted his displeasure on Instagram on Wednesday with a post that included a picture of the hit and the caption: “25k really?? Cmon man.”
The NFL deemed that Pryor struck the head and neck area of Baldwin, who made a 38-yard catch on the play in Seattle’s 27-17 win. A first offense, for hitting a defenseless player is $24,309 — likely the amount the Jets safety will have to pay the league.
“It happened so fast,” Pryor said of the play. “When I spun around, he was already falling a little bit, so that was the only play I could make. I tried to target myself a little lower, but he was already falling, so it was kind of hard. That’s just a bang-bang play.”
Pryor was asked what he would suggest the fine should be, if nearly $25,000 is too much.
“Zero,” he said with a laugh. “I’m just thinking about my daughter, my family, all the (things) I could do with $25,000, man. I’ll see what they say and just keep playing football.”