Lurking behind the NFL playoffs and a frantic coaching carousel seemingly nowhere close to a conclusion is the impending free-agency period.
What a class it is, too. After a handful of years with deep rookie classes overturning rosters throughout the league, if not providing excellent starting quarterbacks and running backs (ahem, Dallas), more and more great veteran talent continues to leak into the market.
Need a franchise quarterback? Kirk Cousins might be available. Need weapons? Alshon Jeffery and many others might be worth a call. Offensive linemen? Andrew Whitworth. Defenders? Jason Pierre-Paul, Eric Berry and many others.
So yes, now is a good time to get excited about the free-agent class. The latest notes around some of the biggest names make for quite the interesting conversation starter.
Terrelle Pryor Sr. Wants to Stay in Cleveland
The Cleveland Browns did many, many things wrong in 2016, though unearthing and unleashing wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. didn’t make the list.
Pryor, who entered the league as a quarterback in 2011 via a supplemental draft, completed his conversion to wideout and had a breakout year, catching 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.
That doesn’t sound like much, but a list of players to attempt passes for the Browns this year is as follows: Cody Kessler, Josh McCown, Robert Griffin III, Charlie Whitehurst, Kevin Hogan.
So yes, Pryor’s numbers definitely fall into the “impressive” category given the circumstances, and NFL teams won’t have a problem throwing plenty of cash his way based on his upside—budding 27-year-old wideouts who come in at 6’4″ and 223 pounds don’t emerge often.
One would think Pryor will take to the market and review his options, but a quote provided by Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot suggests otherwise:
Terrelle Pryor said he’ll ask his agents to try to get a deal done w/ #Browns: “I love this place, I love Cleveland, I love the fans, Hue’
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) January 2, 2017
This development makes the situation around Pryor rather easy to predict.
Cleveland isn’t in a position to let one of its most talented players walk. Not only does said talented player want to actually stick around, but he’s a critical part of the future if the team decides to draft a rookie quarterback.
The Browns have money to blow, too, with a league-high $107 million in free cap space, according to Spotrac. Look …