WEDNESDAY, 9:33am: The Browns have officially re-signed Pryor, who will be a wide receiver and a third quarterback for the team if and when he’s active, tweets Cabot.
TUESDAY, 4:23pm: Head coach Mike Pettine confirmed to reporters that the team is talking about signing Pryor, though there is “nothing official” on that front (Twitter link via Tony Grossi of ESPN.com). Pettine went on to say that bringing in another QB is on the table for discussion, Nate Ulrich of the Beacon Journal tweets.
10:49am: Nearly three months after cutting him, the Browns are bringing back Terrelle Pryor, reports Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com (Twitter links). According to Cabot, Pryor had been getting set to meet with the Bears today, but is now signing with the Browns instead.
Pryor, 26, made the transition from quarterback to wide receiver this offseason, and impressed the Browns’ coaching staff in the preseason. However, he ended up being the 54th man on the squad heading into the regular season — he survived the initial cutdown to 53 players before being dropped when Cleveland claimed Robert Turbin off waivers, just days before the team’s Week 1 game.
Since then, Pryor has worked out for several teams across the NFL, including the Giants, Niners, Steelers, Seahawks, Jets, and Patriots. About a month ago, agent Drew Rosenhaus expressed optimism that those auditions would eventually result in a deal, telling ESPN’s Ashley Fox, “We’re confident that it’s just a matter of time until one of these teams decides to make the move.”
As expected, the Browns are signing Pryor as a wide receiver rather than a quarterback, tweets Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. Still, it’s worth noting that starting QB Josh McCown is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a possible broken collarbone in Monday’s game against the Ravens. If McCown lands on IR, Pryor could serve as an emergency third option behind Austin Davis and Johnny Manziel.