Steelers Should Sign Terrell Pryor To Bolster Depleted WR Corps
With JuJu Smith-Schuster likely out this week against the Bengals and Diontae Johnson in the concussion protocol, it’s more apparent than it’s been since the departure of Antonio Brown, the Steelers need to add a playmaker to the wide receiver corps….yesterday.
Over the offseason, Steelers tried with Donte Moncrief. That turned out to be a walking disaster. Other than that, they’ve added practice squad-level guys to the active roster. With a team being led by youngster Mason Rudolph, who looks scared and overwhelmed at times, adding a veteran who has some valuable experience is a must.
It was a must over the summer, and it’s even more of a must now with all of the injuries piling up. There seems to be a perfectly logical addition the Steelers could make, and they haven’t yet considered it.
Terrell Pryor is a free agent, and he’s begging to come home to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Pryor brings athleticism, speed, and good hands to the Steelers and would add some much-needed depth to an extremely depleted unit. He can be a playmaker and provide a little Kordell Stewart type of gadgetry now and then since he has both quarterback and wide receiver experience in the NFL.
At 30 years old, he’s willing to play for the league minimum, and quite frankly, I’m not sure why the Steelers haven’t called his agent.
I understand his last true productive year was in 2016, but in that year, he caught 77 balls for over 1,000 yards and four scores. He did that while playing for an inferior Cleveland Browns team.
After that, he was signed to be the number one receiver in Washington and ultimately fizzled out of the league last season playing for the Bills and Jets.
There’s a common theme in there; he’s only played for poor organizations who have no stability and lack leadership. If he were added to this team, at 30 years old, he could bring invaluable experience, talent, and the ability to add some dynamic playmaking to an offense that desperately needs it.
For the bargain price he’d be willing to play for, it’s a no brainer to go out there and bring him into the facility for a workout. He could add value over the next five or six games if the Steelers still want a shot at the playoffs, and if he doesn’t, the team could move on from him with very little investment.
They’ve already failed with Moncrief, they don’t have Smith-Schuster for at least this week, it appears, and with nagging injuries to Johnson and a general lack of playmaking all around, why not?
Calling Kevin Colbert….