Terrelle Pryor will appeal his NFL suspension after all.
Thursday, the former Ohio State QB earned a spot in the NFL’s supplemental draft, but was handed a five-game suspension, one that his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said they wouldn’t appeal.
But Pryor’s lawyer, David Cornwell, told ESPN Radio Friday that they planned to appeal the ban, incurred as a result of Pryor admitting to receiving illegal benefits as a collegiate player.
“(Commissioner Roger Goodell) indicated that we have the right to appeal within three days after Terrelle signs an NFL contract, and given some of the developments — both in reaching the decision and comments out of the (NFL Players Association) regarding the decision — I think it’s likely that we will file an appeal, and give the Players Association an opportunity to make its objections to this on the record,” Cornwell said.
Rosenhaus, who backed the deal, said NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith was involved in the decision with Goodell. The NFLPA planned to fight any suspension for Pryor relating to his time as an amateur, according to the NFL Network’s Albert Breer.
The NFL issued the ban as part of an effort to discourage college athletes using the league as an escape from amateur violations.
Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post points out that Pryor’s likely first-year salary of $375,000 would be reduced by $110,000 after his ban.
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