Off the Record (OTR)

Hartline doesn’t think much of Pryor

Brian Hartline played with Terrelle Pryor at Ohio State and with the Cleveland Browns. So, I guess he’s got a pretty good idea of who he is as a player.

And Hartline is not exactly encouraging the Browns to give him the big money he could command on the open market as a free agent this offseason. Ok, what’s the opposite of encouraging them?

Hartline when on a Columbus sports radio station and gave his not-so-subtle opinion of giving Pryor the big money.

“If I’m building a team, what is [Pryor]?” Hartline said, via “Is he my No. 1? God, I hope not because let’s put it this way: For me, I want a guy day in and day out I know what I’m getting. You don’t know what you’re going to get. You don’t know who’s going to show up. You don’t know if he’s going to get in trouble. You don’t know if he’s going to smart off. I need stability. That’s so more important to me. I need a guy that runs routes. I need stability. I need constant production. Is he a No. 2? OK, yeah. I mean maybe. He kind of disappeared the last couple weeks. So I’m very apprehensive as a Cleveland Browns guy to give out a contract. Listen, you had one year. You’re a flash in the pan. You’re trying to tell me with a guy that had suspect personality characteristics, I’m going to go ahead and hand you a bunch of money but you’re going to work harder? Uh, I think I’m going to bet against that if I’m a betting man.”

Hartline doesn’t think Pryor is great just because he’s been relatively productive and the Browns best receiver.

“At no point is he being dominant,” Hartline said. “I’m not paying a guy off of one year. I’m wishing him well, and I’m going to go ahead and go build something else because I’m not sure Terrelle Pryor is a building block.”

Man, Pryor gets ripped a lot, huh? Opposing players, former teammates, you name it. But, I do agree with Hartline that I’m not giving Pryor No. 1 wide receiver money. That’s not happening. He’s a nice receiver, but he’s not a real No. 1.

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