The Cleveland Browns made it clear this year that pretty much everyone on their roster was a potential trade chip. Heading into Week 5, at least one player, receiver Terrelle Pryor, has impressed the Browns enough to change that point of view.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 9, 2016
Pryor thought he was headed to the New England Patriots last year, but they ultimately decided against signing the multi-purpose player.
“I really thought I was going to be a Patriot,” Pryor said, per NFL.com. “I know Bill Belichick really liked me. I had a great workout for them and everything went really well. I really thought he was going to sign me.”
The Patriots may have lost out on a rare gem — one Cleveland intends to hold onto as long as possible.
Pryor has made plays at multiple positions. During the team’s Week 3 loss to the Miami Dolphins, he caught eight passes for 144 yards, completed three passes for 35 yards, rushed for 21 yards and a touchdown and even played a snap at safety.
On the season, the dynamic player has 290 yards and a touchdown on 19 receptions and is quite clearly the No. 1 receiver on Cleveland’s roster.
Pryor is currently playing on a one-year deal worth up to $1.67 million, though not a cent is guaranteed. Chances are, his next contract will include some nice guaranteed cash and just a bit more cheddar on a yearly basis.
He might need that extra cash, too, if he plans on doing any more LeBron James-driven post-touchdown celebrations.
Based on this information by Rapoport, it appears the Moneyball-driven Browns see keeping Pryor as an investment worth making.