Can a new deal be in place before the calendar turns to March? Both sides hope that is the case. The Browns front office knows that Pryor is the number one priority right now.
— NFL (@NFL) February 15, 2017
NFL teams can place the franchise tag on a player from now until March 1. Using the franchise tag will keep Pryor in an orange and brown uniform for the 2017 season. There are reports out that the Browns don’t want to use the franchise tag on Pryor.
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.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 16, 2017
The cost would be much higher for the Browns in 2017 to use the franchise tag on their leading receiver. Cleveland enters free agency with the most salary cap space available in the league. So if the Browns place the franchise tag on Pryor, it’s expected to cost them over $15 million. For a former quarterback turned wide receiver with just one full season at the position, that’s a steep price to pay.
A more realistic number would be in the $9 to $10 million dollar range. A four-year deal between $35 and $40 million dollars just might get a deal done with Pryor’s agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Both sides are reportedly going to meet in the near future to discuss a new contract. Pryor is currently recovering from off-season surgery on his right hand. He played the last few games of the 2016 season with a finger injury. He shared a video of him workout out this week on his twitter account. It is the first week he should lift weights with his right hand since having the surgery.
Finally can hold weight in Right hand!! 🦁🙏🏾🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/FBO2UThREr
— Terrelle Pryor SR (@TerrellePryor) February 15, 2017
Pryor led the Browns in receptions with 77. In addition he finished with 1,007 yards receiving in his first season as a full-time NFL wide receiver.