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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!

  • Saggy

    for $8million – that means The Browns never wanted him. I don’t get this at all.

  • Saggy

    btw- until Kenny Britt shows up healthy, I don’t even count him on the depth chart. He’s a bum. I’m unhappy on this front, especially with what I would consider a thin WR class coming out.

    Again, cutting off their nose to spite their face. All this optimism about getting a QB and helping him out, then they go and let their #1 WR walk for peanuts.

  • JNeids
  • RGB

    I can’t believe we let him walk…

    https://media.giphy.com/media/4pMX5rJ4PYAEM/giphy.gif

  • nj0

    Florio is reporting that the Browns deal was $8M annually. If he didn’t want that, it’s on him. Smart move in letting him go.

  • JNeids
  • nj0

    Pryor didn’t want to sign a long term deal. Why should a team in the second year of a rebuild sign a guy for one year?

  • RGB
  • Chris
  • NankirPhelge
  • tigersbrowns2

    i’m hearing attitude may be a problem with him going all the way back to Ohio State …

  • nj0

    Really? I think our front office is pretty transparent in what they think and how they operate. They’re going to make what they consider a fair deal for both the club and the player. As soon as a guy starts talking to other teams, that deal is gone. This is the second year that a player tested that and for the second time that player signed for less guaranteed money somewhere else.

    Sashi last year: “Once you get into in March in free agency, you’re effectively in free agency with your own guys. We respect the guys that were here but we’ll move forward with building in the draft and feel good about our opportunity to do that.”

  • tigersbrowns2

    and maybe Pryor didn’t want to be here …

  • Saggy

    yeah, attitude and talent.

  • Saggy

    except they’ve done that with 2 pro-bowl caliber players and lost both of them.

  • tigersbrowns2

    exactly … and the HBT will be accused of another “Schwartz” incident … Pryor could’ve stayed.

  • nj0

    I don’t think anyone is questioning his talent. It’s a matter of him wanting a deal that doesn’t make sense for the Browns.

  • tigersbrowns2

    movin’ on , i say … it’s done.

  • RGB
  • nj0

    Neither have made a pro bowl.

  • tigersbrowns2

    i can only surmise the HBT new something & immediately signed Britt … i would imagine WR will now have to be in the draft plan.

  • nj0

    I was p!$$ed over Schwartz leaving. (Still kind of am.) But at least Schwartz wasn’t trying to get a one-year “prove it” deal. So you want us to pay you your going market rate $8M a year so you can then turn around in 12 months and make even more money for yourself? What exactly do we get out of that? One year of production in what will most likely be a 4-12 season? Why would that make sense?

  • JM85

    Maybe I’m drinking the Kool-aid, but I’m not that upset about it.

  • NankirPhelge

    Neither am I. Pryor’s okay, but he’s not as good as he thinks he is.

    And the Redskins FO is a pretty dysfunctional lot.

    Adios, TP. Break a leg.

  • BKJD

    All reports indicate that the Browns offered $8 million a year. Rosenhaus insisted on more, tried to get it, couldn’t, and opted to go for a one year $8 million deal thinking that Pryor will do enough to warrant something bigger next year.

    I don’t understand most of these reactions. Consensus elsewhere is that this is on the agent and the player, not the Browns.

  • nj0

    Reports are that the deal is worth $6M a year with $2M in incentives.

  • NankirPhelge

    You’re more technically advanced than I am. 🙂

  • CBiscuit

    Stoopid Browns had months to negotiate…and by that I mean strap him down on a table and stick a pen in his hand and move it for him on a contract. What’s the problem you idiots…didn’t you have a table??! Or a pen even?! Get this guys…those clowns in Berea are such in the cloud nerds they didn’t even have a pen! ipad toting pen-losing dorks.

    There are no excuses for not signing this guy. I mean zero. I don’t care if his agent, Drew Rosehaus, whoever that guy is anyway–never heard of him….wanted to shop him around or overvalued his worth. I don’t care that he didn’t get a multi year deal estimated at 12-15M per year. Some say that he was a blowhard with a blowhard agent and tried to bootstrap off one decent year and overplayed his hand and had to settle for a 1 year deal at $8m. Well guess what…I say you guys are jerks and don’t have the proper rage!

    God, I had this rage canned and ready to go! Forget about whatever happened yesterday…I love the Browns off season when we can unload on the Browns when a so called free agent (with so called free will) goes elsewhere.

  • RGB

    Damn, that Paco.

  • CBiscuit

    Poor Bitonio got hit with $50m never made it out 🙁 Pour one out for our homey.

  • Saggy

    i have never had a problem with a football player maximizing his earnings, and I never will. If they can be cut after one year they should be able to play their contract however they want. You can’t even get mad at a guy for that.

  • Saggy

    which WR? hard to see a guy the Browns would be in position to draft being any better than what they already have.

  • Saggy

    I have been reacting without this knowledge. This changes things for me. what a dumbass.

  • nj0

    We agree on that. If Pryor wants to chase big money, then I think things worked out the best for everyone.

  • Saggy

    after reading about how the contract went down and the details, i have less sympathy/anger. don’t let the door hit you….

  • Saggy

    pro-bowl CALIBER.

  • Chris

    Of course RT is the only hole on our OL.

    Can a tackle be a “hole”? If you take a bite from the end of the banana, it’s just a shorter banana. Similarly, if you are weak at LT or RT, you just make a shorter line. And don’t give me that whole tight end B.S.

  • nj0

    Grossi (I know, I know) tweeted something that said the Britt deal was basically what was offered to Pryor. If that’s the case…. well, either Pryor and his team miscalculated or he really is confident that he’ll have a big year in 2017.

  • Saggy

    aaaaand “The Athletic” still has the LeBron James story from last night on top.

    I want my $40 back.

  • nj0

    Understandable. Devil is in the details with NFL deals. Honestly though, I’m kind of amazed that Pryor couldn’t get a better somewhere else.

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    “Regardless of the nuances involved in closed door discussions, it’s impossible to see this news as beneficial.”

    Not sure I agree. I am pretty neutral about it. I mean if he wanted to play here, he would have found a way. He saw DC’s crazy pass-happy offense and decided he would show out for a year and cash in the following year in a bidding war for a $15m payoff. Or even a contract extension in November.

    That’s smart for him, I guess. Seems risky to me, he’s almost guaranteed to get injured again. But his needs and the Browns needs are not connected. If he wins, it doesn’t mean we lose.

    Becasue Ennaday, he didn’t want to be here.

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    Exactly, after all that “bidding war” we were told about…it turned out the best deal he could get was a worse deal.

  • CBiscuit

    Yeah well if the Browns didn’t kidnap and threaten bodily harm to Rosenhaus’ family, they really weren’t trying.

    (Ok, I’ve got to figure out how to turn this stupid snark font off)

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    I think overpaying for quality OL makes more sense to me than overpaying for unproven receivers with tender hamstrings.

  • whosevelt

    It can be both their faults. Year after year, explanation after explanation, the Browns think they are the smartest people in the room, and they always stink. I had it with the rationalizing under Mancini. They had a really good player, they lost him when it would have been cheap to keep him. They needed to get it the #### done and they didn’t.

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    So you would pay him $5m more a year than Dez Bryant gets?

    Why not just sign Dez Bryant?

  • Cleveland_Rocks

    Or he didn’t want to be here?

  • whosevelt

    Yep, it does seem like they’re being stupid, until you explain they actually have a *policy* of being stupid. I feel much better now.