Free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor said in an interview with TMZ he has been in contact with five teams about potentially signing a contract, including the Patriots.
He added he would also be open to playing with the Steelers, though it was unclear if they were one of the five teams to express interest.
“Those two are very intriguing,” Pryor says. “Especially [Cam Newton]. I’ve been a big fan of him throughout the years … And, obviously, Big Ben, that’s my hometown of Pittsburgh, so that’s just two teams that I really want to play for.”
Pryor hasn’t played in an NFL game since 2018. He was in camp with the Jaguars last year but placed on injured reserve and released with a settlement.
Then in November, Pryor was stabbed and nearly killed in an altercation with a woman at his apartment. Pryor was also charged for simple assault for his role in the incident.
Pryor says he has recovered from his tumultuous 2019 and is ready to try and resume his NFL career.
“I can still play,” Pryor says. “And, I can still make plays and dominate. I know that.”
Because of the pandemic, Pryor has still not been able to work out for any teams.
Pryor, 31, 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 had brief stints with the Chiefs, Bengals, Browns and Redskins before signing a one-year contract with the Jets worth $4.5 million. New York released him during the 2018 season and he later caught on with the Bills.
The Jaguars signed him to a contract last June. However, he was placed on injured reserve and cut with a settlement without playing a game.
In 2018, Pryor appeared in eight games for the Jets and Bills and caught 16 passes for 252 yards receiving and two touchdowns.