Report: Browns Won’t Tag Pryor

February 27th, 2017

Intrigue in Cleveland.

Is a young, up-and-coming stud receiver about to hit the open market?

It is beginning to smell that way as smoke signals from northern Ohio suggest wide receiver Terrelle Pryor, 27, will not be franchise tagged by the March 1 deadline, per the Twittering yesterday of Albert Breer of

@AlbertBreer: Per source, Browns are not planning on tagging WR Terrelle Pryor. Would like to get a deal done with him to keep him in Cleveland tho.

Well now, things are getting interesting here. Pryor had a sensational season last year for the hapless Browns and their cast of s(p)it quarterbacks led by the Wrongo Starr of the NFL, notorious loser Stewart McClown.

Pryor had 77 catches for 1,007 yards and was the only thing the Browns had that remotely resembled a decent receiver. Teams knew that and still he caught 77 passes!

Even more impressive, Pryor, per Terry Pluto of, dropped only four passes.

What impresses Joe most about Pryor is his heart. Unlike a certain gimmick spread-option star quarterback from the Sunshine State, Pryor, himself a former star gimmick spread-option quarterback, didn’t pout and run home when he couldn’t hack it at quarterback in the NFL. Instead, he worked his rear end off to transform himself into a receiver in order to stay in the NFL.

And now he’s about to hit the lottery.

That impresses the hell out of Joe. What Pryor did is very difficult. Shows what his mindset is, which would fit perfectly into the winning culture and family atmosphere America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, is fostering at One Buc Palace.

Pryor caught 77 passes with no one else playing on the opposite side of the field, imagine he could do with Mike Evans and Cam Brate as teammates to take heat off him, and vice-versa?

53 Responses to “Report: Browns Won’t Tag Pryor”

  1. KingBuc17 Says:

    Hell yes, he wasn’t going to be franchised (13+MM/yr) as he has only had one productive year. Browns are trying to sign him for about ($5MM/yr) on a 5yr deal. I say we offer a good quarterback and $5.5/yr for 4 years and with 3 years Guarenteed. He is still young and can grow with Jamies and other than Stills is still our best option opposite ME13.

    This frees us up to draft OJ at 19 or if he is gone trade back with Cleveland (pk33) and take either Njoku or McCaffery and get our speedy receiver in 3rd or 4th. Deepest WR, SFTY, TE and DL draft in years would love to have a few more mid round picks…

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    Pryor’s a fascinating prospect IMO. Tall (6’4″), solid (233 lbs), good speed (4.4 range) and young (almost 28) … what’s not to like? Admittedly the fact that he’s only got 1 yr under his belt as a WR concerns me, but Bucs are taking risks no matter who they opt for. Not surprised that Cleveland didn’t franchise tag him, but other reports make it sound like they’re closing in on a deal anyways (Pryor is reportedly asking $10-11 mil per yr with Cleveland?). If that deal doesn’t get done, I think other teams will end up paying more than that. If cost gets too high, Bucs might be better off going for a less expensive ‘bridge WR’ for a couple of yrs.

  3. Jason Says:

    @ Defense Rules so far this is his second season at wide receiver. However this past season was his break out year.

  4. tnew Says:

    Pryor has Megatron potential for the next 5 seasons. He is the only WR that will be available that could absolutely push ME. Potential is the key but he fits into the new mold of player that the bucs are looking for. The only issue with this is this will set the bar on how to bay Evans. Can the Bucs afford over 20 million allocated to two wide recievers? Spotrac has the estimated values at 8.9 for Pryor and 12.2 for Evans. Rosenhaus is Pryor’s agent so you know he won’t go for cheap so you can count on him getting that number over 10. That would be a problem after this season tho.

  5. Jeagan1999 Says:

    Pryor has a very “young Vincent Jackson” type skill set. He and Mike Evans would create some matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. He would be quite expensive, but I can certainly see the payoff.

  6. BucGator Says:

    I’d pay him 8-9 million a year. Get it done Licht!

  7. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Size, speed and dedication. What’s not to like? Go for it?

  8. Kevinthepainterimagine Says:

    My buddies a cleveland fan and said everyone hates the guy. Not because he cant play football but because hes a complete dick and crappy teammate. Not sure but if it is true that would concern me

  9. Name Requred Says:

    No idea why we talk money here. That’s the GM’s job.

    Bottom line, we need WR talent. Tons of cap room. Pay him what WRs are worth And be done with it.

  10. tdtb2015 Says:

    He has barely a year of wear and tear as a receiver. The guy is practically a second year receiver.

    I’m with BucGator. Pay him 8-9 million a year.

    It’s a no brainer for us!

    Get him Licht!!!!

  11. Bird Says:

    Only the Browns. Letting one of their best players hit market? They will now have to pay close to 15 mil to keep him if he wanted to stay. Who would though want to stay in that hot mes

  12. Joeypoppems Says:


    Seems like just about every player hates him too lol. From college teammates to pro teammates a lot of negative things said about him. Alex Boone (college teammate) said during the regular season that he hated everything about him. Players don’t usually talk negatively about other player so it does make you think if something is up with him.

    That is one of the few reasons I would prefer we stayed away from him but I trust Licht so if he does make a move for Pryor then he must’ve checked out ok.

  13. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I dont close attentions to the browns, but i know they drafted a WR in the first round last year. Wasn’t he any good?

  14. tnew Says:

    As freaky as he was during the combine, the thing that was missing was explosiveness. Explosiveness can be trained and I imagine he has in the past three years becoming a receiver. He looks plenty explosive now on tape now. I would love to see where he would be drafted, if he were going through the combine, today as a wide receiver. My guess he would be a top 15 pick. The thing is, all other receivers that made this transition took time. We didn’t have to do that on our clock! He has already made those steps. Pair him with Monken, Mike Evans and Jameis, then you have something brewing. Plus, from a gameplan standpoint. Put him in the pistol on occasion. Run a spread option twice a week. It would at least have to be game planned for. At that point the Bucs can be really flexible at 19. Will they pick another WR? I bet yes. But it doesn’t have to be at 19.

  15. Waterboy Says:

    Anything under 7 mil seems somewhat reasonable for Pryor but even at that price it’s a huge risk for a guy with only 1 good season under his belt. I’d gamble on him at anything below 7 mil a season for 2 years guaranteed and an optional 3rd and 4th year but wouldn’t go higher than that.

  16. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    I would love for us to sign Pryor. He and Stills are my top two FA WRs, then D-Jax.

  17. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Bring him in. I don’t care if we over pay.


  18. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    Be careful what you ask for jbf. This young man seems to be disliked by a number of people. If you are on board for his services now don’t gripe and complain about his “self entitled” personality later.

  19. Joeypoppems Says:


    Corey Coleman missed like 6 weeks I believe for a broken hand. Other than that it was hit or miss for him

  20. Joeypoppems Says:


    That’s what I’m saying man. I just got a bad feeling about him in the locker room. To me Pryor is the riskiest FA WR we can sign.

  21. martinii Says:

    I seldom post an opinion on whether the Buc’s should pursue a Free Agent. It usually turns into an insult battle and no one really knows the mind of Licht and what he will do. However, I LIKE THIS GUY!!! Played his ass off for a bunch of losers. He is the real deal and I will commit my support for one time to go after Pryor, Way superior to other available free agents. Would make a great Buc.

  22. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    Sign the man… Nuff said

  23. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    @NosBos Mike Evans and Terrell Pryor train with Randy Moss together in the offseason. And I’m positive that a player with his win-first mentality would fit in perfectly in our Locker-room.

  24. Nole on Sat- Bucc on Sun Says:

    I get what you saying Blake. Hey if his head on str8 and he can be solely about team an not all about personal numbers it would make for one the nastiest WR duo’s in the league no doubt.

  25. Mort Says:

    Of course they won’t tag him, he is garbage as a teammate and mediocre as a player. Why the hell would anyone franchise him?

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I would take him in a heartbeat. Only one thing.

    Rotoworld says this: “…there’s more optimism for an extension after the Browns met with Pryor’s agent this week.”

    So he probably will not his the open market 🙁

    So…thanks for the tease, Joe! lol

  27. USFBUC Says:

    You guys attacking him need to go read articles about why he is disliked.

    In summary people don’t like him because he is a hard worker and did something most people said was impossible. Also guy came up from being homeless at one point as a kid. You think this guy doesn’t have hunger to be a hard worker? One of his teammates said he is the first one in and the last to leave, doesn’t that sound familiar to you guys?

  28. Supersam Says:

    Yes please! My number one free agent, him and Evans would be a deadly combination

  29. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Pryor has Megatron potential for the next 5 seasons.”

    That’s carrying it a bit too far. A shining example of how Bucs fans think every free agent is a future hall of famer and want him.

    Pryor is a determined player. He has heart and fire, which is something this team is looking for. Megatron potential? I doubt he will come close. However, that does not mean he can’t be a very good WR.

    Right now, he is nothing more than a one year wonder. Worth signing, but not anywhere near $10 million per year. He’s not that proven (yet).

    I would offer him $6.5 plus incentives. He either takes it or he doesn’t. Assuming he actually hits the market, which is highly doubtful.

  30. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Joeypoppems Says
    “Seems like just about every player hates him too lol. From college teammates to pro teammates a lot of negative things said about him. Alex Boone (college teammate) said during the regular season that he hated everything about him. Players don’t usually talk negatively about other player so it does make you think if something is up with him.”

    Joey, could you tell me where to find links for these comments. I’d like to read what they say.

  31. Joeypoppems Says:


    College Teammate Alex Boone:

    Former Teamate Brian Hartline:

    Pacman Jones’ epic rant on Pryor:

    Janoris Jenkins chimed in:

  32. Ocala Says:

    I highly doubt he could be signed for under $7MM a year.

    If we could sign him to a four year $36MM contract I would be very happy.

  33. Joeypoppems Says:


    If my post with the links goes through then they will be there. If they don’t the 4 players I used as an example were Alex Boone as I mentioned, Brian Hartline (former teammate), Pacman Jones and his epic rant, and Janoris Jenkins.

    The Janoris Jenkins comments seem to be more trash talk than personal beef. And to Pryor’s credit he was actually praised for how he handled that situation.

    The Pacman Jones beef apparently came from Pryor going up to the Bengals DC and telling him that Pacman was going to need to be cut after the game or something like that. Seems like Pacman held a grudge.

    Hartline and Boone though both played with him and were in the locker room with him and both had some pretty negative comments about him. To me that makes me raise an eyebrow.

  34. Buc1987 Says:

    “Unfortunately I had Terrelle Pryor, too,” Boone said. “I could not stand any minute with him.

    “The kid was so arrogant at the time. I hated everything about him.”

  35. Joe Says:

    So two of the biggest skunks in the NFL don’t like Pryor???

    That’s what Joe calls character references.

  36. Buc1987 Says:

    lol Joe. I was kind of thinking that my myself after seeing Pac-man.

  37. Buc1987 Says:

    Joe is it by design you bring up players with a checkered past?

    Cause I just comment on JBF about said players. It’s not my job to evaluate whether he’d be a problem-child or not. That’s Licht’s. I never worry about the players “character”. I just wonder how he would be on the field.

    What is it fans weigh out the problems vs the talent? Cause it seems some fans only worry about the problems. Distraction to the team and all. I can assure his attitude is not why the Browns continue to suck.

    Keyshawn was a d*ck, but I feel he was an importance piece to that SB run.

  38. Chris Says:

    Prypr also told his agent to get a deal done with the Nrowns no matter what

  39. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    I think if any locker room could keep Pryor from souring a locker room, it’s a Jameis led locker room. Maybe the “family” attitude we espouse in Tampa is just what Pryor needs….

    And, I’m not a guy who thinks all character concerns can be ignored. But this is a guy with no legal issues, OSU scandal withstanding.

  40. SOEbuc Says:

    If the guys a punk bring him in and let Jameis and Rob Ayers straighten him out. Ayers probably whoop his ass if he tries to bring in any negativity to the locker room.

  41. Joeypoppems Says:


    They were there with him and we weren’t. I’m not saying it is fact, just saying it is something that should be looked into.

  42. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    I tend to like players who love football. And Terrell Pryor fits into that category.

    And you claim to be a fan of Kenny Britt Poppems.

    As an athlete Pryor > Britt in every way, shape, and form.

    And I don’t think it’s ridiculous to think that Pryor is only going to become a better and better receiver with experience. 2 years in and he already had 1000 yards receiving, with only 4 drops mind you.

    How long did it take Britt to get 1000 yards?

  43. JJBucFan Says:

    The guy was a d**k at OSU because he was a freaking stud QB at a great FB school and he probably thought his sh*t didn’t stink. He has more than likely been humbled and now has a chip on his shoulder. Sign him within 30 minutes of FA start if he is available. Then sign Stills and Poe or Berry and we are pretty much set. Wagner at RT if D Smith is staying at LT.

  44. Joeypoppems Says:


    First, I wouldn’t say I am a “fan” of Kenny Britt. Just saying if Jameis was the best QB on crossing routes and Britt is the best WR on crossing routes, it makes sense to pair the two.

    And I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I don’t like arguing stats. I don’t see how Pryor getting 1,000 yards quicker than Britt did makes Pryor a better WR than him.

    Does Pryor have more upside than Britt? Of course he does, but Pryor still needs development. And if we are going to get a #2 WR that needs to be developed I would rather go all in on Corey Davis than pay Pryor $10+ million a year. That’s just me tho.

  45. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    No guarantee Corey Davis falls anywhere near us. And obviously Pryor was developed enough to produce 1000 nfl yards, with potato like quarterback play at that.

  46. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    Plus getting an athlete of Pryors caliber, one developing into a natural deep threat with a potentially devastating combination of size, speed, and hands; Would free us up to go BPA 100 percent. Be it O.J. Howard, Christian McCaffrey, Budda Baker, Teez Tabor, Charles Harris, Taco Charleton etc… Get the guy at the top of our board

    I would not be mad at giving Pryor 10 mil a year, especially with the cap set to go up. And nearly 80 mil in current cap space.

  47. Joeypoppems Says:


    I never said Davis would fall near us. That is why I said “go all in”

  48. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    While I agree that Corey Davis is a spectacular prospect, I don’t agree with your premise that Draft picks are less valuable than Cap space.

    10 Mil a year isn’t that match for a player with Pryors upside. With actual tangible professional production to support the cost.

  49. Joeypoppems Says:

    I will tell you what tho. I just read that apparently Kenny Stills is looking for $12 million a year. LOL I would rather have Pryor for $12 million a year than Stills at even $8 million a year.

  50. Joeypoppems Says:


    Yea maybe Trading up for Corey Davis isn’t the best example I couldve made lol. I would take a high round draft pick WR over Pryor.

  51. Guzzie Says:

    Pryor and Stills and we’d have speed for days, no need to waste high pick on a WR, 4th rounder with speed too would be good, but Evans, Pryor, Stills, and Hump would be a great WR corps just dreaming of course

  52. pick6 Says:

    Pryor is not a young man, he has no track record, and somebody will overpay him vastly. i hope it’s not the bucs. he was awful quiet in the latter part of the season, I wonder if DBs have figured out whatever he was doing well when he exploded onto the scene last year

  53. NFLNut Says:

    Pryor is a more athletic Kenny Britt … both put up very solid numbers oon horrible teams with horrible QB’s and no other decent receiving threats to draw attention away from them … I’d be fine with signing either player though I’ll say that I think Pryor has a far higher “ceiling” while Britt is the far “safer” signing as he has a track record and doesn’t seem to have any character issues.