Terrell Pryor was as hyped as a prospect as they came coming into college. Spurning his home-state Penn State Nittany Lions, Pryor signed up with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Yet his time there should’ve been a warning for those who sought his employment. During his tenure at OSU, the once-vaunted prospect got into trouble with the NCAA and was removed from campus essentially. This lead to the quarterback to declare for the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.
The Oakland Raiders picked him with a third-round pick, and from there he was thought to be the team’s quarterback of the future. The future only lasted for three years, as Pryor was out of football for the 2014 season.
After being cut time and time again, he finally opted to switch positions, leading to the Cleveland Browns to claim him in 2015. Pryor would play only a handful of games that first year but it was all the time he needed. He started to buckle down, and take the position change seriously. He ended up impressing enough during the 2016 preseason to warrant a starting job.
In 2016, Pryor caught 77 receptions for 1,007 yards receiving and four touchdowns. All while playing with three different quarterbacks. The unnecessary added pressure of performing in a broken system with three bad quarterbacks made his numbers look even more impressive. People started to wonder what Pryor could do with a real quarterback.
Then he left for the Washington Redskins that offseason. Why? Pryor wanted more money than he was worth, according to Wait For Next Year.
"Reports are circulating that the Browns wanted to ink Pryor to a multi-year deal worth an estimated $8 million, but the player either wanted more guaranteed or a one-year deal and opted for the latter elsewhere with the ability to hit the market again next season."
In the three seasons since, Pryor has had a total of 492 yards receiving and three touchdowns across four teams. He’s currently out of the league after failing to catch on with the Jacksonville Jaguars to start the 2019 season, due to injuries.