Terrelle Pryor’s full incentive package requires pretty big year

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Washington receiver Terrelle Pryor opted for a one-year, $6 million deal with up to $2 million tied to incentives. To get the full $2 million, he needs to have a pretty big year.

And that could be hard to do if quarterback Kirk Cousins isn’t there.

Per a source with knowledge of the contract, Pryor’s incentives fall into three categories: catches, yards, and touchdowns. He can make another $1 million based on receptions, another $500,000 based on receiving yards, and another $500,000 based on touchdowns.

As to receptions, Pryor gets $250,000 for 60 catches, a total of $600,000 for 70 catches, and a total of $1 million if he has 80 receptions or more. As to receiving yards, he gets $150,000 for 750 yards, a total of $300,000 for 1,000 yards, and a total of $500,000 for 1,250 yards. As to touchdowns, Pryor gets an extra $100,000 for six, a total of $300,000 for eight, and a total of $500,000 for 10.

To get the full $2 million (and to make the contract worth $8 million), Pryor needs to have 80 or more catches for 1,250 yards and 10 touchdowns. Based on his 2016 performance (77 catches, 1,007 yards, four touchdowns), Pryor would have made an extra $750,000.

While there’s a very good chance Pryor will be even better at receiver in his second full year playing the position, it will be harder to get there if Cousins is gone. And it will be ironic, to say the least, if Cousins gets traded to the team that Pryor left.

16 responses to “Terrelle Pryor’s full incentive package requires pretty big year

  1. He’ll easily reach those incentives in this offense IF we get trim the fat and trade Cousins. He’s mediocre in the red zone and Colt McCoy or our first rounder from trading Cousins can be better. Pryor is a better QB than Cousins. Trade Cousins Yesterday!

  2. Pryor is basically a big, dumb, athletic kid who can run fast.
    I’d guess he’s already peaked.
    We’ll see…

  3. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:25 PM

    Pryor is a better QB than Cousins.


    Clearly you never watched Pryor play QB on the professional level. He couldn’t hit a receiver on the move, was a two read then run QB, and had serious red zone color blindness. When he ran he was damn near unstoppable in the open field. To a Raider fan base that was used to a 3 and out offense, this was great. Kirk Cousins has shown an ability to improve, this is something that eluded Pryor as a QB.

  4. logicalvoicesays says:
    Mar 14, 2017 6:25 PM
    Pryor is a better QB than Cousins. Trade Cousins Yesterday!

    Every post is a further reminder of just how oxymoronic that userid really is.

  5. A receiver is only as good as the guy throwing the ball to him. Exhibit A is one Greg Jennings, who thought he was the best player on the team, not Aaron Rodgers. He burned his bridges and went to the Vikings. Very quickly he figured out that he missed getting passes hitting him in the hands perfectly in stride. With the Vikes he saw passes fly over his head, bounce 5 yards around him or right at the other team.

  6. They should trade Cousins. Pryor can get those numbers passing to himself easily. He is so fast he can throw a fly route to himself.

  7. Terrelle Pryor totaled 1007 yards due to the Cleveland Browns always playing from behind and passing like crazy in losing efforts.

    The “great” Andrew Hawkins (who a loud mass of Bengals fans screamed was a superstar and irreplaceable) only had 324 yards in 2016. (Hawkins totaled 824 yards as Cleveland’s #1 wr in 2014)

  8. Hard to know what to make of this kid. Clear talent, but reputed to be something of a tool. But yet, has his head on straight enough to realize his future was at WR and did what he needed to do to make himself marketable at that position.

    Incentive loaded contracts are made for players like this where you just don’t have a big enough body of work to go all-in and/or you’re not sure about his intangibles. If he stays healthy and has a great year somebody is gonna pay him huge (and NOT via incentives) so I’m interested to see what happens.

  9. He must have thought he would reach these levels of performance or else he would have re-signed with Cleveland. Or, maybe he just wanted out of Cleveland. I’m not bashing on anyone here but let’s be honest, Cleveland’s QB play last year was probably in the bottom five in the league. Part of that is the revolving door at QB. Who knows if any of their QBs are very good because they rarely finished a game. I think what he did with Cleveland, along with his first year at WR, is nothing short of amazing.

    It’ll be interesting to see how he does in Washington. I think Cousins is a better QB than anyone the Browns had. Plus, the Browns really had no other threat at WR. Washington is considerably better than Cleveland, in my opinion. The bottom line is that only time will tell. If he has a big year, he should get a nice, fat contract next year.

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