The Cincinnati Bengals signed Terrelle Pryor on Sunday. According to ESPN's Coley Harvey, the simplistic breakdown of his contract is detailed below:
SIGNING BONUS: $0
Simple. Easy to remember.
This is actually the league minimum for players with three years of experience, according to the collective bargaining agreement (had he accrued a season in 2014, the contract would have been worth $745,000). Pryor signed a three-year deal worth $2,7465,068 as a former third-round pick with the Oakland Raiders in 2011. Oakland traded Pryor to the Seahawks on April 21, 2014 for a seventh-round pick, and the Seahawks ended up releasing him on Aug. 30. Pryor spent the entire season unemployed until Kansas City signed him to a one-year deal worth $660,000 (again, the league minimum) on Jan. 8, 2015. He was released on May 5.
Cincinnati invited Pryor for a workout/tryout last weekend to quarterback the team's rookie minicamp but rewarded him with a contract, leaving enough of an impression to presumably entertain a third-string quarterback battle with Josh Johnson.
Aside from playing college football in the same state in which the Bengals play, there are other connections between Pryor and Cincinnati. According to an older report from (former beat writer) Joe Reedy with the Cincinnati Enquirer, former Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson spent time with Pryor during the summer of 2011 when the owners locked out players. This prevented rookies, like Pryor, from having any coaching/instruction during a critical development period for rookies.
Two more weeks of workouts are planned in Fort Lauderdale. The hope is in the interim that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement can be reached. A Pro Day-type workout for Pryor and the Supplemental Draft are on hold due to the lockout.
Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, reached out to Anderson about working with Pryor. Some thought that George Whitfield, who prepped Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton for this year's draft, would be the guy but it was Anderson who got the call.