Browns WR Terrelle Pryor reiterated after Sunday’s loss to the Steelers 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.”
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.
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.
Entering today’s game, Pryor had appeared in 10 games and caught 51 passes for 627 yards receiving and four touchdowns to go along with 21 yards rushing and a touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 13 wide receiver out of 119 qualifying players.
We have both players featured in our Top 30 – 2017 Free Agents list.