Perhaps their biggest priority in the off-season, the Cleveland Browns must find a way to lock up wide receiver Terrelle Pryor.
Pryor, a converted quarterback who starred down I-71 at Ohio State from 2008-2010, broke out as a wide receiver in catching 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.
To say that Pryor balled out for the 1-15 sad sack Browns, who went thru a handful of different quarterbacks in Josh McKown, Cody Kessler, Robert Griffin III, Charlie Whitehurst and Kevin Hogan, and still managed to go over 1,000 yards receiving is nothing short of amazing.
Now, as he and the Browns are engaged in contract talks, with reports that both sides want to get a deal done, and that the Browns will not tag him, shows a lot of good faith from both parties.
There are not a lot of prospective free agents, who openly say that they want to stay in Cleveland. Even fewer actually want to play for the Browns. After locking up Jamie Collins to a new four-year contract extension and having $108 million in salary cap room to play with, the 6’4 230-pound Jeanette, Pennsylvania native is now the most wanted man in Northeast Ohio.
With 11 picks in the draft, and tons of options in free agency likely to present themselves, Pryor is the Browns biggest priority this off-season. The reasons are quite obvious
- 1. He wants to be in Cleveland
- 2. He is a baller, and Cleveland’s first true No.1 wide receiver and playmaker in a LONG time
- 3. In addition to Corey Coleman and Gary Barnidge, Pryor gives the Browns a viable option in the passing game.
- 4. Josh Gordon has proven to be unreliable and likely to ever set foot on an NFL gridiron again.
- 5. Depending on who is under center, Pryor will only get better.
In what appears to be a possible turning of the corner, Cleveland looks poised to—for once—be able to to keep and retain their own talent, as opposed to seeing it walk out the door, and towards greener pastures, as recently seen—and constantly reminded and trolled by the national media and the Atlanta Falcons—in Super Bowl LI.
With Collins back in the fold, and Pryor likely to get paid, the Browns are finally making smart moves on and off the field for a change.