Report: Terrelle Pryor “instructed” agents to get a deal done in Cleveland

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For some players, Cleveland is a place you try to escape when your four years of drafted servitude expire.

But it appears Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor not only doesn’t mind it there, but is actively hoping to stay.

With his agents in the process of negotiating with the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports he has “instructed” his agents to get a deal done because he wants to stay.

Pryor became the team’s top priority once they finished hurling money at trade acquisition Jamie Collins, and they could always use the franchise tag on Pryor between now and March 1 if they can’t reach a long-term deal. But he genuinely sounds like a guy who wants to stay for much longer.

“I know this is an important month,” Pryor said last week. “But I do love being with the Browns and like I said before, this thing isn’t about joining a different team because a different team’s good. That’s not what it’s about. I love the building process here. I started out in my career never coming in the front door. I’ve always got to go in the back, the hard way and the longer way. . . .

“I have no problem with, just because we were 1-15 or whatever this year, coming back. I don’t mind starting fresh next year and continuing to grow, because I think it’s more exciting when you’re on the bottom. I’m always citing starting from the bottom and getting to the top, and I think it’s a greater feeling and it would be great to give Cleveland what they’re looking for.”

Pryor emerged as not just a legitimate wide receiver last season, but a very good one. He led the team with 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns, which is pretty good considering the revolving door at quarterback which wasn’t exactly conducive to statistical excellence.

And more importantly for the Browns, he found a patron in coach Hue Jackson. While wins (plural) have so far escaped Jackson, getting a guy who would have a market elsewhere to pledge his allegiance to the Browns is a victory of its own. And perhaps more significant than anything else they achieved last year.

27 responses to “Report: Terrelle Pryor “instructed” agents to get a deal done in Cleveland

  1. This guy deserves some credit for his accomplishments. He wanted to play in the NFL and realized that wasn’t going to happen as a QB so he switched positions (unlike Tebow). For him to put up the numbers he did on an awful Browns teams with a different QB about every other series is just incredible. I’m not a fan of Pryor but give credit where it is due.

  2. Or…….

    This guy realizes he is an only option on offense so far in Cleveland and his actual skill set would pale in comparison to other WR’s on other teams if he would have to compete against them in camp.

    Just a thought.

  3. .
    This is a make or break offseason for the Browns . They have an abundance of draft picks and cap space. If used properly, they could improve markedly. They do already have a smattering of talent on the roster. However, the holes need to be filled by competent professionals.
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  4. Report: Terrelle Pryor “instructed” agents to get a deal done in Cleveland

    That’s not how you negotiate, Terrelle. You’re supposed to act like you’re willing to leave even though you don’t want to. Now the Browns have the power in negotiations.

    I don’t blame him for wanting to stay. The Browns gave him the chance to switch positions and were patient with the transition. He’s been successful and wants to stay there. Unlike another former QB whose pride let him fall, Pryor swallowed his ego and still has a job in the NFL. The other prideful guy is toiling away in minor league baseball at the lowest level.

  5. I don’t see any downside for Pryor. His hometown where he grew up is only 3hrs away. He went to college at Ohio state. His family is near. He’ll get his money and he won’t have to learn or adjust to a new system. If he wins and the Browns turnaround then he’s legend in the state of Ohio.

  6. Impossible, I’m told by media members and haters that no one wants to play for the browns and mistake on lake, yada yada yada.

    I guess joe Thomas, Jamie Collins, terrelle Pryor, didn’t get the memo.

  7. As a Browns fan, it’s hopeful to see them locking up some of their better talent. Too bad they didn’t do that last year or they’d have a very good offensive line. It remains to be seen if the lawyers who run personnel know what they’re doing. Nothing matters until they find that QB and they better find a veteran, too, because Jackson doesn’t have the luxury of developing one of those raw, college QB. Unless they win significantly more (5-6 wins?) this year, he’ll be out on his butt. 2-3 wins won’t cut it. And, please, can we get rid of those new ugly uniforms. I didn’t think their uniforms could get worse, but Haslam managed to find a way.

  8. I don’t blame him for wanting to stay. The Browns gave him the chance to switch positions and were patient with the transition.

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    Newsflash guy…..PLENTY of teams asked him to switch YEARS ago (including the Raiders), but he was stubborn and insisted he was a starting caliber QB.
    He’s a joke and belongs on a joke of a team.

  9. “I’m always citing starting from the bottom and getting to the top”

    Unfortunately with that con man thief of an owner you’ll never be getting anywhere near the top. Good luck with that as long as you’re a Brown.

  10. I’d say MOST players in the league would relish the chance to play in front of Cleveland’s passionate fans and turn it around into a Superbowl contender.

    Its GONNA happen, so get in now, while they are still on the bottom, or risk missing your chance.

  11. I can’t think of any other player in recent history who followed the same path as him. Yes, there are former college QBs playing WR at a high level in the NFL but I can’t think of one who actually played QB for multiple seasons and then turned into a very productive WR.

    Brad Smith (10 passes) comes to mind but he doesn’t really compare to Pryor (310 passes.)

  12. Nice try to slam Cleveland, but the joke’s on you because no draft picks are ever good enough to ultimately land a lucrative free agent contract.

  13. sgordon909usdm419 says:
    Feb 16, 2017 12:56 PM
    I don’t blame him for wanting to stay. The Browns gave him the chance to switch positions and were patient with the transition.

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    Newsflash guy…..PLENTY of teams asked him to switch YEARS ago (including the Raiders), but he was stubborn and insisted he was a starting caliber QB.
    He’s a joke and belongs on a joke of a team.

    Newsflash guy.. You’re wrong. Hue was the first to ask him to switch AFTER he played out his rookie QB contract. Your thinking of Tebow dumb dumb

  14. jstdad says:
    Feb 16, 2017 11:40 AM
    Or…….

    This guy realizes he is an only option on offense so far in Cleveland and his actual skill set would pale in comparison to other WR’s on other teams if he would have to compete against them in camp.

    Just a thought.
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    Then it should have been REALLY easy for opposing defenses to shut down the only weapon the other team has if he’s so unskilled, right? While being thrown to by scrap-heap, worthless QBs…

  15. This guy wouldn’t fit in with the other 31 teams. Not a team player but a meeeeeeeeeeee player. Maybe the brownies should try him at QB. Sure can’t hurt.

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