The Tom Brady Effect™ is so last summer. Who’s here for the Cam Newton Effect™?!?
Ok, ok, point taken, it’s a bit soon for that. But if you believe ye olde rumour mill, at least one free agent looking to make a comeback sees new Patriots quarterback Cam Newton as a huge plus to playing in Foxboro, in addition to the Patriots being, you know, the Patriots.
Free agent wide receiver and Ohio State Buckeyes legend Terrelle Pryor is apparently gunning for an NFL comeback, and in an interview with (it pains me to cite it) TMZ Sports, Pryor says he’s already spoken to a handful of teams, including your New England Patriots:
“There have been conversations with a couple — five teams,” Pryor tells us.
But, TP says because of the COVID-19 pandemic ... he hasn’t been able to get a tryout with anyone just yet, but he’s confident that’ll change soon.
“Those two are very intriguing,” Pryor says. “Especially Cam. I’ve been a big fan of him throughout the years ... And, obviously, Big Ben, that’s my hometown of Pittsburgh, so that’s just two teams that I really want to play for.”
Pryor, though, says he’s open to everybody ... and claims he’s found the solutions to stop injuries that have plagued him ever since he left Cleveland after his breakout year in 2016.
“I can still play,” Pryor says. “And, I can still make plays and dominate. I know that.”
For those who need a quick refresher: you probably remember Terrelle Pryor as part of the most preposterous (air quotes) scandal in NCAA football history. Pryor and 4 of his Ohio State teammates were suspended by the NCAA for selling championship merchandise and the infamous free tattoos they received while still (again, air quotes) student-athletes, and in June 2011, Pryor withdrew from Ohio State and went into the NFL’s supplemental draft, where the Oakland Raiders picked him in the third round and for the following few years, he attempted to win the starting QB job on the Raiders with varying degrees of success. Fast forward a bit to 2015, and the Cleveland Browns had him listed as a starter....at wide receiver.
After trying to catch on at WR for the Browns, the soon-to-be-renamed Washington, DC football team, the New York Jets, the Buffalo Bills, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Terrelle was most recently seen in the football world getting release by the Jags on September 4th, 2019.
Pryor’s Pro Football Reference page looks like this:
We say “most recently seen by the football world” because a couple months later, Terrelle Pryor was in the news for completely different reasons: on November 29th, 2019, Pryor was arrested after being stabbed multiple times in a domestic dispute and charged with simple assault. Shalaya Briston, the woman that was allegedly involved, was also arrested and charged with criminal attempt homicide and aggravated assault. There’s plenty out there to read about that if you’re so inclined.
Either way, with the Patriots suddenly acquiring the the found money of $6.55 million in cap space, would you be interested in seeing if Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels can utilize the talent of the now-31-year-old Terrelle Pryor?
Would you like to see the Patriots take a chance on Terrelle Pryor?
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