Terrelle Pryor Rumored to Be Drawing Interest from 49ers, Eagles Among Others

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 6, 2017

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 2: Wide receiver Terrelle Pryor #11 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball past outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan #91 of the Washington Redskins in the first quarter at FedExField on October 2, 2016 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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The New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles are reportedly interested in signing Cleveland Browns wideout Terrelle Pryor in free agency, according to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com.

Cabot added the Browns aren't out of the running to re-sign Pryor, but the wideout will test free agency first:

Over the next two days, Pryor's agent Drew Rosenhaus will know exactly what he can get for the [1,000-yard] receiver on the open market, and then the Browns will have an opportunity to match or exceed the best deal.

Rosenhaus and Pryor will also weigh the offers to find the right opportunity for Pryor. The two sides are currently far apart, with Rosenhaus believing that Pryor will be paid like one of the top receivers in the NFL, sources say.

Cleveland head coach Hue Jackson certainly wants him back, per Marc Sessler of NFL.com: 

Marc Sessler @MarcSesslerNFL

Hue Jackson: 'It's important' to sign Terrelle Pryor. Reiterates the Browns are working to make that happen.

Cornerback Joe Haden wants him back, too.

Pryor, 27, is coming off a breakout season that saw him catch 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns. The converted quarterback made a stunning leap at wide receiver in 2016 and is likely to be rewarded with a lucrative contract.

Charles Johnson of Yahoo Sports offered a projection of what that deal might look like: 

Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson

Multiple #NFL sources are expecting the next contract of #Browns wideout Terrelle Pryor to land between $10-$12 million per season.

Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus listed Pryor as the No. 14 free agent this offseason, noting he remained productive despite "cycling through a laundry list of quarterbacks, most of whom did no favors at all for their receivers."

Monson added: "This was Pryor’s first real season as a wideout, and his potential remains extremely high given his athletic talent. He may never develop into the next Julio Jones, but he has already shown the ability to be a difference maker for any team as a starting option."

Free agency isn't necessarily deep with elite wideout talent this offseason, but players like Alshon Jeffery, DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon and Kenny Britt will offer teams solid options. Additionally, the NFL draft has a quality group of receivers, and some teams may not be willing to splash major cash on a player like Pryor.

Others might be so inclined, however. Pryor flashed true game-changing ability in 2016. He may not be one of the truly elite options at the position, but a vibrant market for his services could see him end up being paid like one.


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