The Cleveland Browns continue to add depth at the wide receiver position for training camp next month. The latest name to add to that list, Terrelle Pryor.
Yes, the same Terrelle Pryor who guided the Ohio State Buckeyes to a Sugar Bowl win over the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2011 at quarterback. Yes, the same Terrelle Pryor who lead the Buckeyes to an upset win over Oregon in the 2010 Rose Bowl and was named Most Valuable Player. Yes, the same Terrelle Pryor who was a part of ‘tattoogate’ that lead to the vacating of the Buckeyes wins in 2010 and the eventual resignation of head coach Jim Tressel.
The Browns were awarded the former Buckeye off of waivers on Monday from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns will be the third different team to bring in Pryor this offseason. Pryor was with the Kansas City Chiefs before being released then claimed and then released again by the Bengals. Pryor was competing to be a backup quarterback with the Chiefs and Bengals.
The Browns will be the fifth team Pryor has played with in his NFL career. Pryor was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL supplemental draft. Pryor spent three season in Oakland and was the starting quarterback in 2013 under current Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo. Pryor was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Pryor played quarterback for Seattle during the 2014 preseason but was released in the final round of cuts. Pryor did not play in the regular season last year despite working out for four different teams, the Bengals, Washington Redskins, New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Browns will be the first team that Pryor will battle for a roster spot with at a position other than quarterback. At six foot five Pryor can serve as a big wide receiver or a possible tight end in DeFilippo’s offense. Pryor decided to switch positions following his release by Cincinnati.
Pryor’s best season as a pro was in 2013 with the Raiders. Pryor made nine starts at quarterback that season. In eleven games Pryor threw for 1,798 yards and rushed for 576 yards. Pryor is only one of eight quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for over 200 yards and rush for over 100 yards in the same game. Pryor’s biggest moment of that season came in an upset win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. On the first play from scrimmage, Pryor called a quarterback draw and rushed 93-yards for the touchdown. It was the longest run in Raiders history, breaking Bo Jackson’s franchise record 92-yard run back in 1989.
Pryor is the second wide receiver the Browns have claimed off waivers in the last four days, both with ties to the Big Ten. The Browns claimed former Glenville Tarblooder and Indiana Hoosier Shane Wynn from Atlanta on Friday.
Wide receiver has been a priority this offseason. The Browns also signed Dwayne Bowe and Brian Hartline in free agency and drafted Vince Mayle out of Washington State in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL draft.
Pryor is a native of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh. To make room on the roster for Pryor, the Browns waived defensive back Landon Feichter.