The Jets may be looking to bring in more offensive help as free-agent WR Terrelle Pryor is expected to visit the team on Tuesday, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.
Pryor, who is currently meeting with the Seahawks Monday, will fly directly to the east coast for his meeting tomorrow.
He was a big free-agent target last offseason after producing a 1,000-yard season on 77 receptions with the Browns in 2016. He eventually signed a one-year, $6 million pact with the Redskins, but his production fell drastically due to injury.
The 28-year-old suffered an ankle injury in Week 2 against the Rams, and after playing through the pain, he eventually opted for arthroscopic surgery on it. He hauled in only 20 receptions for 240 yards and one touchdown last season.
Pryor is will visit the Seahawks on Monday before traveling cross-country to East Rutherford on Tuesday. The Browns are also reportedly interested in bringing him back to Cleveland.
Terrelle Pryor didn't get a chance to cash in on his big, 77-catch, 1,007-yard breakout season with the Browns in 2016. He only ended up signing a one-year, "prove-it" deal with the Redskins worth $6 million. Unfortunately for him, he didn't prove anything, suffering through a miserable, 20-catch season that ended with ankle surgery in November.
Now, he'll have to prove himself again. And that could be great news for the Jets.
Pryor, the 28-year-old former Ohio State quarterback who switched positions to try and make it in the NFL, sure looked like a potential No. 1 receiver two years ago. He's got the size (6-foot-4, 228 pounds), and proved to be pretty reliable. And considering he only converted full time to receiver in 2015, it looked like a bright future was ahead of him.
Maybe it still is. It certainly would be worth what would almost certainly be a one-year, low-cost flier for the Jets. They don't appear to have a great receiving corps, with Jermaine Kearse and a hopefully healthy Quincy Enunwa as part of their Top Three, along with the speedy Robby Anderson, who is likely facing a season-opening suspension. They have high hopes for last year's rookies, ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen, but they barely played last year.
Pryor would give them another young receiver who can compete for a future job (and future contract), and if he's healthy he would be one more proven target as they try to develop their young quarterbacks -- Teddy Bridgewater and whomever they take with the third pick in the draft.
The Jets seemingly weren't interested in the receiver market when it opened, and became less interested when they saw the big (and crazy) money being thrown around. But by being patient and waiting it out, they could end up with a steal in Pryor. It would be a move with a potentially high ceiling that wouldn't come with much risk at all.
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Pryor's downfall from a remarkable 2016 season to a poor 2017 one on his "prove-it" deal leaves him in a situation in which he'll probably have to settle for a similar deal in 2018, so he'll go to the highest bidder.
Reports indicate that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson has been campaigning hard for Pryor to join the Seahawks, but the fact he has a visit lined up with the Jets should mean they have a good chance to secure his services.
At 6-foot-4, Pryor is a good deep threat, but, more importantly, brings size and a legitimate red zone threat to the Jets' receiving corps. In 2017, Josh McCown threw just seven touchdown passes from inside the 20 and only three from inside the 10. All four of Pryor's 2016 touchdown catches came from in the red zone, so this could be an area where he really benefits the Jets, if they manage to sign him.