The Redskins’ wide receiver corps isn’t quite back to where it was last year but they took a huge step in the right direction by signing Terrelle Pryor to a one-year contract today.
The unit lost a pair of 1,000-yard receivers to free agency in DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon. The Redskins now gain one in Pryor, who caught 77 passes for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns.
The first thing that will strike opponents about the Redskins’ pass catchers when they take the field on Sundays is that they are tall. Pryor is 6-6 and Josh Doctson, last year’s first-round choice is 6-2. Add in tight ends Jordan Reed (6-2) and Vernon Davis (6-3) and the Redskins should get some more production in the red zone, an area of major weakness in 2016.
Along with the highly productive slot receiver Jamison Crowder, the Redskins’ front-line receivers appear to be strong. The coaches also are high on the potential of second-year receiver Maurice Harris, a 6-3 undrafted free agent who got his feet wet as a rookie last year.
Many are puzzled by Pryor’s contract, which calls for him to make $8 million on the one-year deal. There long was talk that the Browns would franchise tag him, which would have carried a salary of around $15 million. It appears that a solid market did not appear for Pryor based on his one year of full-time wide receiver work. Rather than taking a multi-year deal at a relatively low rate he decided to take the one year and try to have another good year to establish his value for a bigger, multiyear deal.