Pryor did this in a season that featured six different quarterbacks throwing passes for the Browns because of consistent injuries. One of the six was Pryor, who completed five of nine passes for 41 yards.
A sticking point for Cleveland was Pryor’s asking price, which is around $10 million per year. The Browns were reportedly willing to pay about $8 million per year, but they also have about $102 million in cap space available. Being stingy in this situation makes little sense.
Likelihood of signing: Medium. It makes perfect sense for the Browns to get something done with Pryor, but they had the opportunity to tag him or apply the transition tag, and they didn’t do any of those things. They shouldn’t let Pryor walk over $2 million per year, but as Mocking the Draft’s Dan Kadar noted, losing Pryor would be “a pretty Browns-ass way to start the new league year.”
This is the saddest entry on this list, because the Texans paid a pretty penny for Brock Osweiler last offseason in hopes that he would become the franchise quarterback this team so desperately needs.
The 49ers haven’t had the benefit of quality quarterback play for a while, and they’re about to have no quarterbacks on the roster. Kaepernick is expected to opt out of his deal with the Niners and become a free agent in March. Gabbert is set to become an unrestricted free agent with the start of the new league year, also. The Niners have Christian Ponder and Thad Lewis, an undrafted free agent out of Duke, on the roster right now, too. They’re both set to hit free agency.
New head coach Kyle Shanahan has his work cut out for him, and priority one has to be finding a capable franchise quarterback.
Last franchise quarterback: Jeff Garcia was a consistent starter over his five seasons in San Francisco, but I would go a bit farther back in Niners history based on the team’s 35-36 record with Garcia. Steve Young, who last played for the Niners in 1998, is the most recent guy.