No. 5: Wide Receiver Terrelle Pryor
Another surprise on this list, but again through this free agency process, I realized that WR Terrelle Pryor’s market wasn’t as large as anticipated.
After one big season with Cleveland, not many teams were willing to sign Pryor to a long-term deal. In 16 games, he caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards, with four touchdowns.
The biggest thing in his favor is that the Browns didn’t have a real quarterback all season and Pryor still managed to put up those numbers.
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Even Cleveland didn’t want to sign him to a long-term deal, choosing the 28-year old WR Kenny Britt instead for a four-year deal.
Pryor didn’t have many suitors, with the Redskins and Browns really being the only ones pursuing him early in free agency.
It was also reported that he was looking for deal that had a much higher annual average and that potentially cost him some options.
He landed with Washington on a one-year, $8 million deal, who were desperate after losing receivers Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson.
The 49ers probably did the right thing and avoided giving Pryor a long-term contract. With only one year of receiver experience at 28 years old, it was smart to not risk a lot of cap space on Pryor.