There is no denying that the Cleveland Browns are in need of a big, athletic receiver. They had hoped Josh Gordon would shape up and become that player for them, but it doesn’t look good with another year of suspensions ahead of him. They also added veteran receiver Dwayne Bowe, but if his 2014 season with Kansas City is any indication – his best years are behind him.
With that in mind, the Browns are left with a group of undersized receivers and without a deep threat going into 2015. Ideally, they’d love to add a tall, fast receiver who can blow the top off the coverage. Unfortunately, finding someone with those abilities (and without breaking the bank) is nearly impossible.
Enter Terrelle Pryor.
We all remember Pryor as the former quarterback of the Oakland Raiders and of the Ohio State University before that. He actually still holds the NFL record for the longest run ever by a quarterback with his 93-yard touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers back in 2013.
Unfortunately, Pryor has fallen on tough times lately. The Cincinnati Bengals released him this past Thursday after a short stint with them. It marks the third time in the last year in which a team released Pryor after a relatively short time period with them (Seattle Seahawks, Kansas City Chiefs, and the Bengals). The news has left many people wondering whether Pryor’s NFL career as a quarterback is in jeopardy.
After being waived by the Bengals though, Pryor’s agent Drew Rosenhaus informed NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport that Pryor has had a change of heart about a position switch and wants to be considered as a wide receiver. This is a sharp contrast to the feelings he expressed back in May when he originally signed with the Bengals.
Now although a position switch is going to be tough, it is the right move for Pryor. He has a rare combination of size and speed, which could make him a very viable threat in someone’s passing game. Considering his 6’6” frame and 4.3-second 40-yard dash speed, it wouldn’t be surprising to see several teams line up to give him a shot at receiver.
That being said, the Browns need to jump at the opportunity to sign him, before it is too late.
The bottom line is that Pryor would be the ideal receiver for Cleveland’s situation. He provides the speed and length to give them a serious threat down the field and in the red zone. In addition, he has always been a high character guy with a strong work ethic. Those traits could certainly help a young Cleveland locker room that clearly needs guidance after a tumultuous year last season.
In addition, it would provide the Browns with some extra depth at quarterback.
Injuries and inefficient play from the quarterback position hurt the Browns immensely in 2014. So much so that they started an undrafted rookie free agent under center the final week of the season. Unless things change dramatically before the start of next season, it could be another year of instability for the Cleveland quarterbacks. Having Pryor on the roster would at least give them a backup plan in case 2015 plays out similarly to 2014.
And who knows. Given a chance, he may even end up being the best quarterback on the Browns’ roster.