Terrelle Pryor waived, says Browns will regret it
The Terrelle Pryor experiment is over in Cleveland -- at least for now.
The Browns released Pryor Thursday afternoon, according to multiple reports. Pryor told Cleveland.com that he was released to clear a roster spot to sign running back Robert Turbin.
"This will be a mistake by them," Pryor told Cleveland.com.
Pryor's spot on the roster seemed secure, at least for Week 1, as he even requested a change to his uniform number after making the team's final cut. Head coach Mike Pettine acknowledged that Pryor's potential was enough to keep him on the roster.
The lack of depth at running back apparently squeezed Pryor out of Cleveland. Isaiah Crowell is the only healthy back on the depth chart as rookie Duke Johnson works his way back from a concussion. Johnson is expected to play in Sunday's opener against the Jets, but the addition of Turbin makes the decision to release Pryor even more curious. Turbin isn't expected to be ready at least a few weeks due to a high ankle sprain. Cleveland.com reported earlier Thursday that the Browns had interest in ex-Bronco Montee Ball, but apparently they decided to go with Turbin, the ex-Seattle Seahawk.
Pryor is now available to be claimed by the other 31 teams in the league. If he goes unclaimed, perhaps he'll get another phone call from Cleveland.