Terrelle Pryor’s career has not turned out the way he expected since leaving the Cleveland Browns in free agency.
Now the 29-year-old wide receiver wishes he could turn back time.
Pryor was a guest on The ThomaHawk show — hosted by former Browns players Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins — on Friday and said that “super agents” Drew and Jason Rosenhaus gave him bad advice when he hit free agency following the 2016 season.
Pryor was coming off the only good season of his NFL career as he had 77 receptions for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. (Although he needed 140 targets to hit that mark, making his catch rate of 55 percent pretty sub-par.)
The Browns, who were the only team in the league to take a chance on Pryor after he washed out as a quarterback, offered Pryor a four-year contract worth $32 million. But Pryor let his agents convince him that teams would be lining up for his services, so he walked away from the Browns.
The market for Pryor never materialized, leading him to sign a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins for $8 million. He only spent one year with the Redskins, catching 20 passes in nine games and dealing with an ankle injury, before moving on.
Pryor spent last season with the New York Jets (14 receptions in six games) and the Buffalo Bills (two receptions in two games), but was ultimately released by both teams amid continued injury problems.
He is now making the rounds trying to find a team willing to take a shot on him. On Friday, he told a Houston radio station that he believes the Pittsburgh Steelers should gamble on him, according to TribLive.com:
“I would help JuJu (Smith-Schuster) and (Antonio Brown) and some of their younger guys, bring my experience. There are a couple of other teams that would be great fits, but definitely would love that opportunity, especially to play for a coach like Coach Tomlin, that would be awesome.”
It is unclear what experience that Pryor would bring to the Steelers, but how to successfully navigate free agency would certainly appear to be at the bottom of the list.
It is unlikely that the Browns would have any interest in bringing Pryor back to the team as a free agent, given that just about everyone from the 2016 coaching staff is no longer with the team.