Along with trying to make a deal for Cincinnati Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron, the Browns also tried to make a deadline deal for former Browns wide receiver and current Redskins wide out Terrelle Pryor as well, according to cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. Both teams had dialogue, but in the end, the Redskins decided to turn decline the deal and wanted to keep the former Ohio State standout.
The deal makes sense from the Browns standpoint as they have suffered severely at the wide receiver position this year. With the Browns in 2016, Pryor caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns and was the team’s top receiver before Cleveland decided to let him sign a one-year deal with Washington. That kind of production is what they expected out of Kenny Britt, who the Browns signed when Pryor’s representation turned down a four-year offer from Cleveland that would have paid him nearly $8 million a season. Had the Browns been able to get Pryor at the deadline, it would have been for a prorated $1.5 million for the remainder of 2017.
Pryor has fallen out of favor in Washington this year and has recently been replaced in the starting lineup by Josh Doctson. He was expected to have a solid season in the split-end position for the Redskins, despite signing only a one-year deal well under his perceived value at $6 million. Pryor has only collected 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown in eight games for Washington so far this season.
The interest was obvious, and it may have ended up helping both ends if the trade had gone through, but the Redskins didn’t want to give up on Pryor just yet with the possibility of playing in the postseason this year. There will be interest again this offseason when Pryor will once again be a free agent. It will just depend on if 28-year-old not only wants to return to the Browns, but if Cleveland offers him the money that he wants as well. Given the season the wide out has had so far, the asking price could be much lower than it was following the 2016 season.