Word is that the Browns are shopping Oz for a 3rd and they'll pay half his salary. If they manage to get that trade they will have basically purchased a 2nd AND a 3rd in 2018 for roughly 8 mil, which is great for the team.
If they don't swing a trade for him he will compete for their QB gig this year, which likely will improve their draft slot next year.
Not keeping Pryor (and watching him subsequently sign w the iggles fir 8 mil) bothers me far more than the Oz trade.
Not here to defend all things Browns but as per my above post I think teams building a roster get further behind, not ahead, by signing above market contracts and more importantly I expect that's what they think. I think this was misplayed by Pryor/agent......they thought they could hold up the Browns for an above market contract same as Cook/Bennett situation in GB and they got burned. The Browns had an allocation for the position and went to the next guy on the list. If they don't make that move and wait it out with Pryor, the next few guys on the list are gone. It only takes a couple of these before agents say, OK we're not going to get significantly more than we can elsewhere by waiting, we gotta decide if we want to be here with the bird in the hand.
If its the last few pieces you need once a strong roster is built, maybe its different with an overpay but the Patriots don't even think its OK in that case.