Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent, and the Cleveland Browns didn’t re-sign the wide receiver in a surprising move. The market was hot for the 1,000-plus yard wideout, and ended up signing a new one-year deal with Washington, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
WR Terrelle Pryor is signing a one-year deal with Washington , per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2017
Washington needed to lock in some reliable targets for quarterback Kirk Cousins, and having lost both of the team’s 1,000-yard receivers — Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon — they set their eyes on Pryor. He was seen boarding Washington’s private jet Thursday evening just hours before they fired their general manager.
The MMQB’s Albert Breer reported that the deal was worth $8 million, the total that the Browns had reportedly wanted to pay to bring Pryor back to Cleveland.
Redskins get Terrelle Pryor in the fold at 1 year, $8 million. Shows Browns were right not to tag him. But still ...— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 10, 2017
Ahead of negotiations, Pryor reportedly informed his agents that he wanted to stay in Cleveland, but the Browns wanted to keep him at $8 million a year, and the Buckeye was reportedly looking for $10 million-plus. Instead, the team signed Rams receiver Kenny Britt at the opening of free agency, leaving Pryor free to hit the market.
Despite the Browns losing in historical fashion last season, their one bright spot on offense was with the quarterback-turned-wideout. In his second season at his new position, Pryor finally saw consistent targets on 900 snaps. The team could’ve probably used him under center — with a quarterback crisis that kept replaying itself every other week — but were happy to have the 6’4, 223-pound player on the receiving end of things.
Pryor finished the 2016 season with 1,007 yards on 77 receptions — out of 140 targets -- and four touchdowns. This past season was also the first in which the wideout played in all 16 regular season games — including his time as a quarterback in Oakland.
The season was bound to include several firsts for the wideout, when as early as Week 3, he was sending a shipment of game-worn items to Canton for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. During the third game of the season against the Dolphins, Pryor became the first player to have at least 120 receiving yards, 30 passing yards, and 20 rushing yards in a single game since Frank Gifford in 1959.
Even though Pryor’s NFL career has been anything but ordinary, it’s also been far from extraordinary, which makes the fact that he now claims TWO exhibits in the Hall of Fame a bit surprising. His first feature was thanks to his record-breaking 93-yard quarterback run, during his time as an Oakland Raider — meaning he has now made the Hall of Fame as both a quarterback and wide receiver.
Pryor’s early NFL career came off the heels of a quick departure from Ohio State — tattoogate, anyone? -- and a five game suspension to start his rookie season. He was forced to enter the supplemental draft due to the strange conditions, and ended up with the Oakland Raiders for two seasons. He was briefly traded to the Seahawks, before ultimately missing the entire 2014 season -- he then went on to short stints in Kansas City and Cincinnati.
His reemergence as a receiver resuscitated Pryor’s failing football career, and the results won’t have anyone questioning whether the position change was worth it.