Sadly, the Cleveland Browns couldn’t get a win in every column in this year’s free agency. The first big loss comes with the news that the Washington Redskins are signing WR Terrelle Pryor to a 1-year deal worth $8 million.
I wish the Browns would have still found a way to make amends with Pryor after his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, way over-estimated the market, it didn’t turn out that way. Pryor was our experiment who turned into a sensation in 2016, and it seemed like his ceiling could only grow.
Per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio:
Receiver Terrelle Pryor apparently could have had a multi-year deal worth $8 million annually in Cleveland. He has opted for a deal worth that amount in Washington, plus a chance to hit the market again next year.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Pryor has agreed to a one-year contract in Washington. The deal has a $3 million signing bonus, a $3 million base salary, and readily achievable incentives of $2 million.
Cleveland had a value for Pryor the past few months, and like Florio says, it was for $8 million per year. Without getting into the nitty gritty details, The OBR subscriber forums indicated that Rosenhaus never budged from wanting something drastically higher than that -- and I only reveal that here because the information was in numerous spots on Twitter. Basically, Rosenhaus had too much pride after all of this to come back to Cleveland and take their deal, or a modified deal:
@amesdog32 / Rosenhaus didn't come back with his tail between his legs and ask the Browns to match— LA (@TheRealLA__) March 10, 2017
Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer also supports that story. This new deal for Pryor forces him to prove himself all over again in 2017, with the hopes that this process goes much better for him as a free agent in 2018.