The Cleveland Browns appear set to move on from wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. ESPN’s Adam Caplan is reporting the Browns will sign free agent Kenny Britt to a four-year deal worth up to $32.5 million.
The Browns have the most cap room in the league, so bringing back Pryor is not out of the question, but this certainly suggests they might not be able to get it done. The team still wants to do it and Pryor has said he wants to return. However, given how the market is playing out, there might be more money to be had elsewhere.
The 49ers have been mentioned in connection with Pryor, but so have a lot of teams. That group includes the Philadelphia Eagle, New York Giants, and Tennessee Titans. The 49ers are going to sign Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin when the new league year starts, while the Giants signed recently released receiver Brandon Marshall to a two-year deal earlier this week.
The 49ers have plenty of cap space, and plenty of room for receiver help. Garcon and Goodwin join Jeremy Kerley in a wide receiver depth chart that still needs more talent. They are already improved from last season, but they still don’t have a lot of long-term stability. Garcon is 30, and while he represents a stabilizing influence for this offense, counting on more than two years from him is probably not wise. Goodwin is a speedy threat who could get a shot at a Taylor Gabriel role, but he has struggled to stay healthy. Kerley is a solid pass catcher, but again, not a big upside guy.
The 49ers could decide spending a first or second round pick next month is how they want to find a long-term option. They could decide to pay big bucks for Terrelle Pryor. They have options right now, which is certainly a plus!