Following a 1-15 season and one of the worst seasons in NFL history, bright spots may be hard to find. One of the Cleveland Browns few positives from the 2016 season is the emergence of wide receiver Terrell Pryor, who is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Luckily for the Browns, their best receiver this season has made it known that, although he wants his agents to find him the most money and best deal, he wants to return to Cleveland and head coach Hue Jackson as long as it’s good for both sides.
In his first full season as a wide receiver, Pryor surpassed the century mark, totaling 77 catches (140 targets) for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns, all of which led the team. The 27-year-old also completed 5-of-9 pass attempt for 41 yards to go along with eight carries for 21 yards and a touchdown. Outside of being on the offensive line, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound wideout really did do it all for the Browns’ offense throughout the entire season.
Jackson knows that plenty can change, but resigning Pryor is one of the team’s top priorities heading into the offseason. He wants the team to not only bring the receiver back for years to come, but to resign him, not just franchise tag him.
Former Ohio State and Browns wide receiver Brian Hartline may not agree, but Pryor has a chance to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL, and he and the Browns would love for that to be in Cleveland. After losing Josh Gordon and rookie Corey Coleman not being able to show off his playmaking ability as much as he could have, plenty was placed on Pryor’s shoulders this season and he flourished. WFNY’s Joe Gilbert did a great job at showing just how No. 11 emerged as a wide receiver this season.
According to Spotrac, the Browns will have just under $108 million (!) in cap space, so money will not be an issue. Unlike last season, the team would be smart to bring back Pryor and some talent, along with showing that they’re willing and committed to spend money on good players, if they want the fans to have any sort of hope heading into 2017.
Whether it’s his height, speed, or pure talent, Pryor has the chance to be special. Hopefully, he will be in a Browns uniform during that “special” time. Earlier in the season, No. 11 was reportedly the only player on the Browns’ roster that was untouchable. If so, you would think that Cleveland would give him whatever the amount of money is that Pryor wants in order to keep him in orange and brown for years to come, right? The only question that lies ahead is how much is Pryor worth? Only time will tell.