The Browns have ended their relationship with former Browns cornerback Terrel Leilah Pryor after three seasons with the team.
Cleveland announced Monday that it had cut ties and that he had been released.
The move was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Browns GM Ray Farmer and general manager Rick Spielman were both previously the coordinators of the Browns.
“We have decided to end our relationship with Terrell Pryor.
It was an opportunity he had given us, and we are thankful for the opportunity he has given us,” Farmer said in a statement.
“Terrell has been a part of our team for almost a year, and the time has come to move on.
I thank him for his service and wish him the best in the future.
We wish him every success moving forward.”
The Browns had an average of 14.6 sacks per season between the Browns and the Rams, and were 29th in pass defense (315.8 yards allowed per game).
Pryor was signed as a free agent in 2018 and played a total of 49 games for the Browns, and was part of the team’s starting lineup in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
The team also drafted Pryor in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.
Browns fans can now move on with their lives.
“It was time for Terrel to move forward and pursue other opportunities.
I’m proud of what he’s accomplished and what he was able to accomplish with the Browns during his time with the organization.
He will always be a part, and I’m sure he’ll be able to do a lot more than just play football,” Spielman said in the statement.
Pryor had been the Browns’ starting cornerback since 2017.
He had seven interceptions and a career-high 14 pass breakups, and finished with nine sacks in 2017 and 2018.
He was also a member of the Pro Bowl in each of his first two seasons.
Pryor was cut by the Browns on Dec. 30, 2018.
Pryor, 29, was the Browns No. 2 cornerback at the time of his release, but was moved to the outside in 2017, playing a total 10 games.
The Browns also released rookie corner Kevin King in the offseason, and they parted ways with safety Marcus Smith.
Pryor has spent the majority of his career with the Rams since being drafted by Cleveland in the second round of this year’s draft.
He made 11 starts and recorded nine interceptions and seven pass break-ups in 2016, and he had 14 starts in 2017.
The Cleveland Browns have been the NFL’s worst defense each of the past three seasons, allowing a league-high 15.4 points per game and finishing 30th in passing yards per game.
Browns general manager John Dorsey was in charge of the roster cuts.
The Rams announced Monday they were also parting ways with defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
He spent the past four seasons with St. Louis.
Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the team have spent the last few years attempting to rebuild the franchise and rebrand the franchise as one that will compete for the Super Bowl.
“Today is a sad day for the Cleveland Browns and Terrell’s family,” Kroenkes owner Stan Kasten said in an email to NFL Media.
“I’m proud to have worked with Terri and I wish him all the best.
The organization has a great foundation and we want to continue to build a championship program for our team.
We’ll continue to monitor Terrell and will keep his family in our thoughts as they search for a new home.”
Pryor was released from the Rams after three years with the club, but he was signed by the Cleveland Indians as a restricted free agent on May 30, 2019.
He started five games for Cleveland last season and recorded two interceptions and two pass break ups.
He also recorded 11 pass break up and two forced fumbles.
Pryor played in three games in 2018.