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Terry Pluto weighs in on Terrelle Pryor

By Terry Pluto • Mar 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Scribbles in my Cleveland Browns notebook about Terrelle Pryor:

1. Some fans want to blame the Browns for failing to sign Terrelle Pryor. You can do that if you are convinced Pyror was worth being paid as one of the top receivers in the NFL. But is that fair? I don't think so.

2. The Browns offered Pryor a four-year, $32.5 million deal with $17 million guaranteed. He turned it down. The Browns then offered it to free agent receiver Kenny Britt, who quickly grabbed it once free agency opened.

3. Pryor asked the Browns for a four-year deal worth at least $13 million annually. The Browns had signed Jamie Collins to a four-year, $50 million deal in January. They were not going to pay Pryor more than Collins, who has been a good linebacker for four seasons.

4. Pryor made the decision to find out what the free agent market thought of him. The answer was clear -- not much. It had to be humbling for Pryor to find so little interest.

5. Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reported some teams offered Pryor about $10 million a year. He turned them down. Let's assume that's true. Then it was another miscalculation by Pryor, especially when you look at the contract he eventually signed with Washington.

6. Pryor signed a one-year, $6 million contract with Washington. He can earn another $2 million in incentives. According to Profootball Talk's Mike Florio, Pryor will need a Pro Bowl season to pick up the extra cash. The first bonus is for 60 receptions -- $250,000. If he has 80, receptions, $1 million.

7. Florio reports Pryor would need at least 80 receptions, 12 TD catches and 1,250 yards receiving to pocket the full $2 million. That would be a monster season and it should set him up for the kind of contract that he wanted right now.

8. But it's a huge gamble. Pryor caught 77 passes, 4 TDs and 1,007 yards receiving in 2016. Maybe he can do that again. Or maybe not. That's the gamble.

9. Other receivers were paid. The Rams signed Robert Woods to a five-year, $39 million deal ($15 million guaranteed). Mount Union's Pierre Garcon signed a five-year, $47 million deal ($20 million guaranteed) with San Francisco. DeSean Jackson signed a three-year, $33 million deal ($20 million guaranteed) with Tampa Bay.

10. For whatever reason, the market was very cool to Pryor. It also showed the Browns offer was fair, given what transpired later.

11. It gets murky about what happened when Pryor found little interest and had the one-year deal from Washington. Supposedly, he came back to the Browns and now wanted a one-year deal. The Browns didn't want to sign him to a one-year deal knowing free agency loomed. By then, Pryor's feelings toward the Browns were not as strong as they had been during the start of the process. Things could turn ugly in 2017 if Pryor struggled and he was on a one-year deal.

12. Pryor will turn 28 on June 20. He's in his second full season as a receiver, and could possibly improve. Of course, he runs the risk of injury or not producing as he did in 2016.

13. I would have preferred Pryor take the original four-year deal and be content, much like what Jamie Collins did in January. But he didn't. I do think the Browns could use another veteran receiver besides Britt. But I'm not going to be upset with them about passing up on Pryor as the free agency period opened.

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