The Browns had a standout player last year in Terrelle Pryor, they helped turn him into a 1,000 yard receiver but incredibly they have elected not to use the franchise tag on Pryor and he will become an unrestricted free agent on March 9th.
The Browns are working with the receiver and his team around a long term contract but the deadline for the franchise tag has now passed which means he could really test his value in free agency. Browns executive vice president Sashi Brown said the following:
“I think we’d like to have Terrelle back and that’s a priority for us, that said, we’re not going to panic if he’s not back, also. But he’s a good player, works hard, we think he fits in our system, had a lot of success with our coaches, so we think this is a great place for him to continue his career.”
The Browns have the most amount of spending room this offseason and Pryor who is now 27 years old and recorded 77 receptions for 1,004 yards and 4 touchdowns last season could stay in Cleveland or look to a future elsewhere. Lets face it, the Browns will have the spending room and the picks to improve next year but they will have to build to become potential contenders. Maybe Pryor can see a future at another team instead.
He is a converted cornerback and spent three seasons with the Raiders and is now considered to be one of the top players hitting the open market. He says his goal is to get a deal done in Cleveland but the reality now is that he could find himself in a bidding war as several teams will have the money to compete with the Browns when it comes to getting a deal done.
The Browns say they prefer a long term deal over a one year stopgap which is why they elected not to use the franchise tag this year on Pryor. They could end up regretting that if he gets an offer from somewhere he just can’t refuse during free agency.