- Cleveland is, obviously, hoping to retain both players but if they can one of them under contract in the coming months, it would allow them to franchise the other player and continue to work on an extension.
- According to Cole, the Browns have spoken to Pryor regarding a new contract but his source says that talks are still in the early stages.
Collins, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Patriots back in 2013. The Patriots surprisingly traded him to the Browns for a conditional 2018 fourth-round pick that can become a 2017 third-round compensatory pick, depending on whether Cleveland receives one next year.
Collins is currently in the final year of his four-year, $3.761 million contract and set to make a base salary of $917,865 for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Collins has appeared in eight games for the Patriots and recorded 51 tackles, one sack, two interceptions, a forced fumble and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 12 edge rusher out of 111 qualifying players.
Pryor, 27, was taken by the Raiders in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft. He lasted a little over three years in Oakland before he was traded to the Seahawks for a seventh-round pick that ultimately became DB Jonathan Dowling.
Pryor briefly played for the Chiefs and Bengals before later being claimed off of waivers by the Browns. Cleveland elected to cut him loose to make room for RB Robert Turbin last year before bringing him back.
The Browns signed him to a one-year, $1.67 million restricted deal this past March, which means he’ll be an unrestricted free agent next year.
So far this season, Pryor has appeared in nine games and caught 46 passes for 579 yards receiving and four touchdowns to go along with 21 yards rushing and a touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 19 wide receiver out of 116 qualifying players.
We have both players featured in our Top 30 – 2017 Free Agents list.