A return to Cleveland may be in order for Terrelle Pryor

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In 2016, Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor was one of the NFL’s pleasant surprises, a converted quarterback who changed positions and caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards.

In 2017, the Browns let Pryor walk in free agency, and that didn’t work out well for anyone. Pryor ended up in Washington, where he managed just 20 catches for 240 yards, and the Browns spent more money on a lesser receiver, Kenny Britt, who managed just 18 catches for 233 yards before they cut him.

In 2018, it would make a lot of sense for the Browns and Pryor to get back together.

Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com writes that the Browns are likely to pursue Pryor when he becomes a free agent next month, and Pryor would want to return to Cleveland. According to Cabot, Pryor wanted to stay in Cleveland last year, but the Browns decided to move on to Britt.

Now the Browns have a different G.M., with John Dorsey replacing Sashi Brown, and they have the same head coach, Hue Jackson, who saw Pryor play well in his offense. A return to Cleveland would make plenty of sense for all parties.

34 responses to “A return to Cleveland may be in order for Terrelle Pryor

  1. Bringing Pryor back would make all kinds of sense for the Browns, which is probably why they won’t do it. When was the last time you saw the Browns do anything that made sense and actually helped the team win?

  2. Pryor is a diva, he ran lousy routes, and this Ctown fan cringes at the thought of bringing him back! We don’t need a big mouth baby on this team.

  3. him gordon and coleman(provided coleman doesn’t keep dropping passes), would be lethal with the right quarterback.

    granted corey coleman cannot drop the ball like that infamous drop against the steelers. this trio with someone like mayfield or darnold could be absolutely lethal. and paired with saquon barkley, oh man….

  4. Wide-receiving core of Josh Gordon, Terrelle Pryor, Corey Coleman (+2)

    #4 Overall “best-in-class” Saquan Barkley @ Running Back
    #1 Overall “best-in-class” QB to train behind Drew Brees, whom they pay $50 million for a one-year deal

    Not a bad set of offensive playmakers

    High second round pick on O-lineman or safety

  5. For sure the Browns could use Pryor’s talent but they should be more concerned with how he affects the locker room. He will be a leader on the team just because of his personality and especially because he may still have a QB mindset of “being his team”. Who is the player leader on offense, preferably QB, that can keep Pryor in check? The answer is probably nobody and until that person emerges the Browns need to be especially mindful of the leadership dynamic.

  6. Assuming Coleman remains healthy and Gordon stays out of trouble, where exactly would Pryor fit into things? He’d end up being the third or even fourth option and would most likely cause headaches over the fact he wasn’t getting the ball enough.

    Not worth the risk/hassle.

  7. You essentially have 2 data points at polar opposite ends of the spectrum.

    You don’t really know who Pryor is – 1000 yard guy or a 200 yard guy. I’d be wary about breaking the bank.

  8. Let’s get the story straight. Prior was offered a fair contract by the Browns, I believe for 2 years but Prior and his agent thought they could get more money and a longer term somewhere else. When refused, the Browns withdrew the offer and shopped for someone else. When no better offers came Prior decided to take a 1 year contract from Washington at a lower annual amount than the Browns offered.

  9. campcouch says:
    February 19, 2018 at 7:00 am
    Since 1980…Go Browns!

    I’m not sure what this means. The Browns were pretty good in the 80s. 3 AFC Championships.

  10. Resign Pryor, sign Cousins. Then the fun would begin. With The Broncos, Jets, Giants all looking at their QB, the Browns could make a few trades before the 4th pick is even on the board. Trading back with the Giants and then the Jets picking up their second round picks – the Browns would still have the #4 and #6, and 4 of the first 5 picks in the second round, and probably more in 2019. Still will have Chubb or Barkley available at 4.

  11. Everyone loves to point to Pryor’s 77 catches for 1007 yards. They forget to mention that he was targeted 140 times in an offense almost completely devoid of other receiving options. He caught only 55% of the balls thrown his way. Then he expected to get paid like a #1 WR. When that fell through he decided to take a one year deal with a better QB to prove that he’s the problem wasn’t him. He proceeded to do worse. He caught 20 passes for 240 yards on 37 targets (54%). Additionally, he is not known for getting yards after the catch. This is primarily due to him allowing smaller defensive players to manhandle him. Add his aforementioned temperament and you have a 4th string malcontent who won’t play any better than the backups already on the roster.
    All this adds up to a player we definitely do not need. We need a reliable possession WR (like Jurevicius was). A guy who will catch most of the passes thrown his way, who can box out smaller defenders, runs solid routes, and can be a safety net for a QB.

  12. I’d rather play in Cleveland than DC. Nicer people and it’s a solid town of blue collar workers, more like where Pryor grew up. Who would want to live in a town where everyone is either lying or at the poverty line? I know there is the NOVA plus fanbase but still…

    Every time I come up 95 I get rerouted through DC. What a mess.

  13. Pryor did better in Cleveland with who knows what at QB than in Washington with Cousins……. And everyone is pumping up Cousins like he is the 2nd coming. I get that it wasn’t all Cousins. I said last year that Pryor isn’t as good as his numbers indicated in Cleveland. I also get that in a league devoid of QB talent, Cousins in free agency must seem like a blessing to any team without a QB but people that aren’t part of them teams are overhyping him just as much. Cousins is a good QB but anyone (mainly Vikings fans) thinking that getting Cousins makes them a SB favorite are setting themselves up for disappointment. Then again, it seems like they do that a lot.

  14. If Pryor can generate another tattoo scandal and get his head coach to lie to the public about it again…then of course the Browns would want him back…in Ohio.

  15. Pryor shot himself in the foot on the whole deal. Browns made him an offer, he still has a ton to learn. Why bring him back? I’m pretty sure there are younger and better life-long receivers in the upcoming draft.

  16. If he was that good, they wouldn’t have let him walk last year. Mary Kay Cabot only reports rumors she hears. Just because he played for the Browns once doesn’t mean they want him back. Especially since he got hurt last year and Dorsey is the new sheriff in town.

  17. dawgbite says:
    February 19, 2018 at 9:02 am
    Everyone loves to point to Pryor’s 77 catches for 1007 yards. They forget to mention that he was targeted 140 times in an offense almost completely devoid of other receiving options. He caught only 55% of the balls thrown his way. Then he expected to get paid like a #1 WR. When that fell through he decided to take a one year deal with a better QB to prove that he’s the problem wasn’t him. He proceeded to do worse. He caught 20 passes for 240 yards on 37 targets (54%). Additionally, he is not known for getting yards after the catch. This is primarily due to him allowing smaller defensive players to manhandle him. Add his aforementioned temperament and you have a 4th string malcontent who won’t play any better than the backups already on the roster.

    This is spot on! Not to mention non of those catches made an impact. It was on a 1-15 team.

  18. backintheday99 says:
    I’d rather play in Cleveland than DC. Nicer people and it’s a solid town of blue collar workers

    One thing I admire about Browns fans is your loyalty. You’ve endured Art Modell ripping the team out of your community and then suffering through the criminal Haslam’s regime. In most other cities, the stadium would be collecting cobwebs as fans stayed away in droves. Perhaps your loyalty is your undoing as Haslam is making money hand over fist and has no incentive to want to win.

  19. granadafan says:
    February 19, 2018 at 12:10 pm
    backintheday99 says:
    I’d rather play in Cleveland than DC. Nicer people and it’s a solid town of blue collar workers

    One thing I admire about Browns fans is your loyalty. You’ve endured Art Modell ripping the team out of your community and then suffering through the criminal Haslam’s regime. In most other cities, the stadium would be collecting cobwebs as fans stayed away in droves. Perhaps your loyalty is your undoing as Haslam is making money hand over fist and has no incentive to want to win.

    —————-

    AGREED!

  20. searay18 says:
    February 19, 2018 at 6:27 am
    Pryor is a diva, he ran lousy routes, and this Ctown fan cringes at the thought of bringing him back! We don’t need a big mouth baby on this team.
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    Ladies and Gentleman- Browns fan reaction to easily the most productive offensive player on their roster in 2016. Guy had a 1,000 receiving season despite the Browns QB dreckfest.

    Reason number……well who knows how high the number is now….that no one wants to play there.

  21. The people saying Pryor wasn’t that good are either not actual Browns fans or have been under a rock so haven’t realized that Sashi Brown dumped pretty much every good player the team had. He inherited a 7 win team with a Johnny Manziel problem and turned it into a 0 win team with a “when was the trade deadline again?” problem.

    Sashi Browns plan was to tank for as many draft picks as possible. Can’t do that with a guy like Pryor who was turning 5 yard dump offs from 3rd string QB’s into 20 yard pick ups.

  22. The Browns will only take Pryor if he is the cheapest option. The Browns would rather have the money then spend it on a good quarterback or play maker. If you stay 100 million under the cap for 10 years it looks to me like you got the team for free. If the Browns wanted a good quarterback or playmakers they would already have them. They have had the draft picks and cap space to get quarterbacks or playmakers for years now.

  23. “Can’t do that with a guy like Pryor who was turning 5 yard dump offs from 3rd string QB’s into 20 yard pick ups.”

    Only when he actually caught it (like half the time) and when the other team forgot to cover him. So like twice all season.

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