So long, Terrelle Pryor, we hardly knew you

Brian Tinsman
March 22, 2018 - 9:39 pm
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Throw out the Redskins reconciliation theories and close the book on Terrelle Pryor in Washington.

The free agent receiver is reportedly close to signing with the New York Jets, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport:

Pryor cost the Redskins a modest $6 million according to Spotrac, but he still goes down as one of the biggest free agent busts in recent memory.

After tallying a 1,000-yard season his final year in Cleveland, Pryor reportedly turned down a multi-year extension from the Browns to sign a one-year pact with the Redskins. He said all the right things, posted impressive workout footage and was a player to watch in training camp last summer.

Then he disappeared.

Pryor started just two of his nine games last season. He couldn't quite get in sync with Kirk Cousins. He couldn't make contested catches. His best production of the year was in Week 1 against the Eagles, when he finished with a modest six receptions for 66 yards.

He came off the bench in weeks two through four and would catch just 14 passes the rest of the season, until a leg injury sidelined him for good in Week 10.

One way of looking at it is that Pryor earned $300,000 per catch, $3 million per start, or $6 million per touchdown. 

Now he goes to the Jets, where reporters are already overlooking 2017 as the outlier, counting on a reboot of 2016:

Whether the Jets see Pryor as his 2016 or 2017 version will likely be revealed in his contract details. Either way, the Redskins return six players who had more receptions than Pryor in 2017.

 

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