2017 NFL Free Agency: Terrelle Pryor Contract Projection

Terrelle Pryor, Sr. Contract | 2017 NFL Free Agent |

HT: 6-4 WT: 223 Age: 27 Seasons: 4
Status: UFA

Cleveland Browns Cap Space (Top 51): $105.7M (Spotrac)

Terrelle Pryor Scouting Report

Positives
He’s a big athlete. Has the size and leaping ability to play basketball with DBs, as well as enough speed to get over the top of defenses. Extremely high ceiling given his athleticism and early production. Caught the ball well given it was his first-year at the position full time. Understands the game from a quarterback perspective, which can only help his transition to wide receiver. Was the No. 1 receiver in Cleveland and prospered with subpar quarterback play.

Negatives
Experience is obvious. One season is hardly enough to tell if it’s worth investing $10 million or more for the former quarterback. He’s raw and has to continue to develop the technical aspects of his game (i.e. hand usage, release and route running). It’s a boom or bust signing at such a high price tag. Potential one-hit wonder.

Terrelle Pryor Statistics

2016: 140 targets, 77 receptions, 1,007 yards, 4 TD

Terrelle Pryor Player Comparables

Tavon Austin, Los Angeles Rams

  • Contract: 4 years, $42M; $10.5M APY, $28.5M GTD, $17M FG (2016)
  • 2-year average before deal (AVG): 65.5 targets, 41.5 receptions, 357.5 receiving yards, 329 rush yards, 5.5 TD
  • 2017 salary cap adjustment (CAP): 4 years, $45.2M; $11.3M APY, $30.7M GTD, $18.3M FG

Allen Hurns, Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Contract: 4 years, $40.65M; $10.2M APY, $20M GTD, $16M FG (2016)
  • 2-year AVG: 101 targets, 57.5 receptions, 854 yards, 8 TD
  • 2017 CAP: 4 years, $43.9M; $10.97M APY, $21.6M GTD, $17.3M FG

Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions

  • Contract: 5 years, $40M; $8M APY, $20M GTD, $13M FG (2016)
  • 2-year AVG: 91.5 targets, 58 receptions, 764 yards, 7 TD
  • 2017 CAP: 5 years, $43M; $8.6M APY, $21.5M GTD, $13.97M FG

Terrelle Pryor Leverage

Austin had two years left on his deal but a $12.3 million fifth-year option coming up. Hurns was a restricted free agent; he had literally no leverage in terms of contract status because RFA’s can be tendered and have no option but return to the team. Marvin Jones left Cincinnati and was an unrestricted free agent.

Cleveland could have franchised Pryor but thought the price would be too high. Now, with the chance to auction off his services, Pryor will soon find out what his 2016 film earned him. Odds are he can leverage his potential into a big payday on Tuesday.

Terrelle Pryor Reservation Price

This honestly depends on how much Terrelle Pryor is willing to bet on himself, or if he wants to value himself as the player he was in his first season at the position. There’s an alternative to a long-term agreement. If the market Pryor wants doesn’t develop and he believes he’s going to improve in the coming years, it may make sense to sign a bridge deal (1-2 years), so he can hit free agency another time before he’s 30.

If he’s willing to just take a deal now, I doubt it will be for less than Jones’ contract above.

Projection: 4 years, $44,000,000; $11M AVG, $22.5M FG

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*Contract information from Over The Cap, Spotrac, Pro Football Talk, and/or other sources.
*Statistics from Pro Football Reference
**Contract structures are based on 2016 team’s tendencies.

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