The Terrelle Pryor experiment in Oakland has ended. Yesterday the team announced that Oakland has traded the maligned QB to Seattle for a seventh round pick in next months NFL Draft. Pryor was the last player personally drafted by late owner Al Davis and went 3-6 as a started for the Raiders. Rumors have been swirling lately that the former Ohio State QB was unhappy with the organization and wanted to be traded before the start of their off season program. Pryor had asked to be dealt after the season when he lost his starting job to undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, and the Raiders made the move after acquiring Matt Schuab from the Texans to be the starter.
Posting on Twitter, Pryor said “Thank you Mr Davis and Raidernation for the unbelievable support!! I will miss the Fans and all of the teammates I have met over the years with the Raiders organization!!”
Oakland took Pryor in the third round of the supplemental draft in 2011, less than two months before owner Al Davis passed. Pryor was suspended for the first five games by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who ruled he must miss the time he would have served under a suspension had he stayed at Ohio State.
Pryor got on the field only once as a rookie, committing a false start before his first play. He then played sparingly late in his second season before beating out general manager Reggie McKenzie’s hand-picked starter, Matt Flynn, in training camp last summer.
Pryor showed flashes of what he could do early in the season, completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 845 yards, four touchdowns, two interceptions and a 97.6 passer rating in his first four starts. He set an NFL record for quarterbacks with a 93-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage against Pittsburgh on Oct. 27. That was the final real highlight of his first year as a starter. Pryor had completed 50.1 percent of his passes for 714 yards with one touchdown, eight interceptions and a 44.2 passer rating in his four starts before losing his job to McGloin after struggling through a knee injury in a loss to the New York Giants.
Landing with the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks, Pryor will compete with Tarvaris Jackson and BJ Daniels for their back-up QB position. In a statement by Seattle GM John Schneider said of Pryor, “Terrelle is an incredibly explosive athlete and we’re excited for him to come in and compete,”
Oakland had already decided to go in a different direction at QB when they traded a sixth-round pick to Houston for Schaub. Head Coach Dennis Allen had already chosen Schaub as his starter and Matt McGloin is already in place as the backup. The Raiders could still draft a quarterback next month in the draft, but as of now seem pretty set at the position. Stay tuned to RaiderGab for more updates !!