In a radio interview with 92.3 the Fan this morning, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports talked about the situation with Cleveland Browns WR Terrelle Pryor, who is set to become a free agent on Thursday at 4:00 PM ET. He was first asked if the Browns are trying to find a sweet spot in the Pryor negotiations:
"Sweet spot, eh? (laughs) You've got $100 million in cap space, you've developed this kid, you've got the one coach who finally convinced him to drop the quarterback dream for the wide receiver reality. He has a 1,000-yard receiving season for you on a team that does nothing offensively and gets a quarterback maimed every week.
You've got no weapons on offense, you lost all your free agents a year ago. You're going to lose him over a couple of million bucks? You drafted five wide receivers last year, but you don't know if any of them can play. I don't see how, at the end of the day, they don't match any offer [for Pryor]. Oh, and he's been telling Drew Rosenhaus for weeks, 'I really want to stay in Cleveland. I want to be a part of this thing here, they believe in me.'
I would've just transition [tagged] him."
When asked if Drew Rosenhaus being Pryor’s agent was a big roadblock for the team, La Canfora had an opinion that went against the grain:
"Drew is a high volume deal maker. Especially for a guy who wants to stay somewhere, if he can sort of placate him and then move on to his next client pretty quickly, I would say that's what he does. Drew does a fair number of extensions where guys stay where they currently are. Drew doesn't always get top-top dollar. I don't think the agent is a particular mitigating factor."
So, what does La Canfora ultimately see happening with Pryor? He thinks the Browns will be able to get him back for around $9-10 million per year:
"In Cleveland, if you're going to have to overpay by 33% to get anybody, you might as well do it to keep the guys you have. ... I think he ends up going back to Cleveland at $9-10 million per year. Maybe there is some team out there that is driving this thing, but at the end of the day, I don't think the numbers are going to get so out of whack to where the Browns are like, 'Oh, we absolutely can't do that' on some philosophical level.
You can listen to the full interview here.