The clock is ticking as the Cleveland Browns try to finish a contract talks with wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. Free agency is just a couple of weeks away.

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 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.

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.

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.

Scott Piker is the lead staff writer for the Cleveland Browns in addition to the Ohio State Buckeyes at Endzone Score. So follow him on Twitter @ScottPikerSport.

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