Seahawks trade pick to Raiders, land Pryor

Staff writerApril 22, 2014 

The Seattle Seahawks front office has earned a reputation as an unpredictable lot.

They furthered that Monday.

The Seahawks traded their 2014 seventh-round pick, No. 247 overall, for Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

That Pryor was traded is not surprising. That the Seahawks acquired him is.

Pryor started nine games last season for the Raiders, who selected him out of Ohio State in the 2011 Supplemental Draft. He’s an intriguing athlete who has struggled as a quarterback.

“Terrelle is an incredibly explosive athlete, and we’re excited for him to come in and compete,” Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.

Pryor completed 57.4 percent of his passes in 11 games last season with the Raiders. He made nine starts and threw for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He’s 6-foot-4, 233 pounds and swift.

The Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson to a guaranteed one-year deal earlier in the offseason to back up Russell Wilson.

They also have quarterback B.J. Daniels on the roster, whom they brought back during the offseason. Daniels is also a hybrid-athlete type who plays quarterback. He was claimed last season off waivers and spent the majority of the year on the practice squad.

Jackson appears entrenched as the backup quarterback through experience and contract. The 49ers used Daniels as a running back at one point, but the Seahawks said they liked him as a quarterback.

Which brings the question: Where does Pryor fit?

It’s possible the Seahawks can look at Pryor in the type of role Kordell Stewart or Antwaan Randle El used to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Stewart was nicknamed “Slash” since he played quarterback, running back and wide receiver. Randle El was a college quarterback who was converted to wide receiver.

Pryor beat out former Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn last season in Oakland. But his numbers throughout the season prompted Oakland’s offseason trade for Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.

There were reports that the Raiders planned to cut Pryor before Oakland began its voluntary offseason workouts Tuesday.

Knowing the Raiders were ready to part with Pryor put them in a low-leverage situation, hence the Seahawks’ low risk in parting with a seventh-round pick.

Pryor was in the spotlight as Ohio State’s quarterback from 2008-10 after coming in as one of the top recruits in the country. He eventually was suspended five games by the NCAA for selling memorabilia while at Ohio State.

He was also further embroiled in an NCAA investigation into the Ohio State football program, which led to the resignation of head coach Jim Tressel and Pryor’s eventual withdrawal from the university, making him available in the supplemental draft.

In 2012, Pryor played just three games for the Raiders before being given a substantial chance in 2013. The Raiders had seen enough and sent him to Seattle.

His second NFL chance comes in a place where Pryor is no longer a star but an extra. Where — and if — he fits could be as surprising as his arrival was.

DID YOU KNOW?

Terrelle Pryor has the longest run by a quarterback in NFL history (93 yards for a touchdown in a 21-18 win over the Steelers on Oct. 27, 2013).

todd.dybas@ thenewstribune.com @Todd_Dybas blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks

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