Mary Kay Cabot confirms that the Browns will have “strong discussions” with free agent WR Terrelle Pryor in the near future regarding a contract extension.
Cabot says that Pryor has told the team that he wants to remain in Cleveland and the Browns currently have no plans to franchise him. Although, Cabot adds that the Browns would franchise Pryor if they can’t reach an agreement on a long-term contract.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that the Browns are “redoubling” their efforts to lock up free agent WR Terrelle Pryor, who is their No.1 priority this offseason. According to La Canfora, the Browns are scheduled to meet with Pryor’s agent at some point this week.
Cleveland has already locked up LB Jamie Collins long-term, so they have their franchise tag at their disposal if needed.
However, the Browns have made it clear that they would like to get Pryor under contract long term.
Should the Browns elect to use their franchise tag on Pryor next year, they would be looking at a one-year deal worth around $16 million fully guaranteed, depending on how much the salary cap increases.
Pryor has said multiple times that he would like to re-sign with the team and return to Cleveland next year.
“I love playing for Hue [Jackson]. I love playing for [Jimmy] Haslam. He is a great owner. They have given us one of the best facilities. They want to win,” Pryor said, per Keith Britton. “I don’t believe in taking the easy road and going to teams just because they are great. I would rather start how we are and then build it into an empire. I believe in battling. I don’t believe in taking the easy way out. Whatever happens in free agency, I love being here. I respect the coaches, the owners and at the end of the day, it is up to them.”
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 last March.
In 2016, Pryor appeared in all 16 games and caught 77 passes for 1007 yards receiving and five total touchdowns for the Browns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 31 wide receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
We have Pryor featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.