Browns must sign Pryor long-term

Ty Sugick

After an impressive start to the 2016 season for Terrelle Pryor, it is time for the Cleveland Browns to reward him with a long-term contract. Pryor’s presence and production have already earned him all of the near $1.7 million of his current one-year contract with the Browns.

Through three short games, Pryor has already racked up 300 total yards and a touchdown. Most importantly, he has managed to stay healthy (which has been a glaring problem for the Browns thus far). Pryor has quickly adapted to coach Hue Jackson’s system and become a leader on this team.

Looking at last week’s lost to the Dolphins, Pryor was a one-man show contributing to multiple areas of the offense. He is developing as a player that teams must prepare for week in and week out.

Although Pryor’s success has been brief, the idea of what he can add to this roster for years to come deserves the potential of a long-term, incentive-based contract.

Considering money isn’t an issue for the Browns, I’d say the benefits outweigh the risk.

It is also important to lock Pryor up before the season’s end in order to save them a bidding war and to avoid the risk of losing him for good. Cleveland has invested too much time to just let Pryor walk and blossom into a top receiver for another team.

The Browns could offer Pryor a deal similar to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith. Smith’s deal is $40 million over five years. The best part of the contract is that, on average, his guaranteed money is very low and manageable, which leaves most of his contract to be incentive-based.

With an average of $1.75 million in guaranteed money per season, the Smith deal could serve as a solid model for keeping Pryor happy in a Browns uniform.

Pryor’s future is certainly uncertain, but after an 0-3 start to the season, it might already be time to take risks on next year.

Ty Sugick is a columnist, contact him at [email protected]