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Browns lose Terrelle Pryor to Washington for $8 million

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So remember how excited Cleveland was at this time on Thursday afternoon? May want to hold the Browns’ beer as they officially lose wide receiver Terrelle Pryor to the Washington Football Team on a one-year, $8 million deal. A day after the boys in Berea agreed to give 28-year-old Kenny Britt a four-year, $32.5 million deal, and bought a second-round pick for $16 million, news comes out that the team’s leading receiver from a season ago opted to sign with a team which just fired their general manager a day earlier.

Reports are circulating that the Browns wanted to ink Pryor to a multi-year deal worth an estimated $8 million, but the player either wanted more guaranteed or a one-year deal and opted for the latter elsewhere with the ability to hit the market again next season. Fans will debate the merits of both the deal that was signed and the one that wasn’t, but the Browns had months to negotiate with Pryor before it got to free agency. The delay in the wide receiver being signed may indicate that they properly valued the market, but there is little excuse in losing a legitimate playmaker who has experience within an offensive system for what amounts to pennies compared to the team’s available cap space.

In a world where NFL teams run three-receiver sets more often than not, the Browns currently have Rashard Higgins (he of six receptions and 77 yards) listed as their third receiver. Regardless of the nuances involved in closed door discussions, it’s impossible to see this news as beneficial. Retaining their own talent is vital—until it isn’t. Let the PR spin commence!

  • nj0

    What would have been stupid is paying a guy top dollar to rent him for one year. The market spoke and it said Pryor is worth $6M/year. The Browns, reportedly, offered him $8M/yr over multiple years. How much should they overpay the guy?

  • RGB

    It helps when more than two people get the joke…

  • CBiscuit

    haha well fortunately I don’t mind. As long as you and I are mildly amused, I consider that a victory! Now is it time for HH yet???

  • Harv

    agree. Don’t get the anger of Scott and many commenters. Sure they could sign him to elite receiver money to secure him; they could do that with any player. That’s not how you build the org, that’s how you build a lopsided team with locker room jealousies.

    When he hired Rosenhaus that said he was going to go max, wherever, however. They misjudged the market, they misjudged how teams are viewing receivers in the upcoming draft, and Pryor is going all in on himself. He could become premier and strike gold, he could get injured or badly concussed and disappear. He better pray not only for his own health but that of Cousins. There’s a whole lot of ways this can recoil on him. But competitive guys sometimes can’t help but feel insulted and go for it. Sometimes they win.

  • nj0

    Betting on yourself, I get. Betting on yourself while playing for Dan Snyder, I don’t.

  • architrance

    Ok, resume burning it down.

  • Garry_Owen

    Don’t be so hard on yourself!

  • Garry_Owen

    Hey! Save something for tomorrow’s window!!

  • CBiscuit

    I would have the Browns pay him $15M per year, but yet reserve the right to yell at them for overpaying the guy. It’s a complex analysis.

  • CBiscuit

    I don’t do WFNY during the weekends, so I’ll just yelling at 9 am about the Browns until my wife leaves the room.

  • RGB

    I can’t wait to get on tomorrow after a few Hurricanes at Pat O’Briens.

  • CBiscuit

    Havent been there since my bachelors party many moons ago…have fun!

  • hetz

    Good riddance.

  • jpftribe

    Spot on. That org is a mess. Cousins can rifle a ball, but he is a nut job too.

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    Huh?

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  • Skulb

    Maybe they’re angling for a career in politics after working for the Browns. No shortage of stupid things being turned into plans there either.

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