INDIANAPOLIS (92.3 The Fan) – The next few days will be an anxious time for the Browns in their quest to keep Terrelle Pryor in Cleveland.
But it’s not all on the Browns head coach Hue Jackson said Thursday at the NFL Combine.
“We want all of our guys back,” Jackson said. “But again, it’s free agency, so they get to make a choice and a decision too. Hopefully, he’ll make the right one and stay here with us.”
Barring a last-minute deal before March 7 at 4 p.m. when the NFL’s legal tampering window opens, Pryor is about to hit the open market after the Browns declined to apply the franchise or transition tag to him on Wednesday.
The Browns have scheduled meetings with Pryor’s agents, Drew and Jason Rosenhaus, here in Indianapolis this week in an effort to close the gap and get a deal done before they are legally permitted to negotiate with other teams next week.
“Obviously Terrelle was a huge piece of what we did a year ago,” Jackson said. “Obviously we’re working through that. And it has to work both ways for all involved – for him, fur us and hopefully it will. Hopefully we can get that done soon.”
Despite the merry-go-round of quarterbacks last season, Pryor led the team 77 catches for 1,007 yards and 4 touchdowns.
“I don’t worry about the numbers,” Jackson said. “I just see him as a receiver who can play. He caught for over 1,000 yards last year so he knows how to play.”
Jackson has not been shy about praising Pryor’s transition to receiver from quarterback over the last 2 years and what he was able to accomplish in his first full season at the position was nothing short of amazing.
“I think he’s trending up,” Jackson said. “I think his best football is ahead of him. He’s very talented, very athletic, knows how to play.
“Hopefully we get this guy back and playing well for us.”