Russell Wilson is the undisputed starter for the Seattle Seahawks. GM John Schneider will be signing him to a long term deal at some point soon. Re-signed Tarvaris Jackson impressed the coaching staff enough for them to want Jackson to return and continue to be Wilson’s backup. And B.J. Daniels, acquired from the 49ers last season, looks like a promising player.
So, clearly, there’s no quarterback void that needs to be filled. Why then, did the Seattle Seahawks acquire quarterback Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders for a seventh round pick in this year’s draft?
Pryor is a low-risk, high-reward player who is probably better than what the Seahawks could have gotten with the last pick in this year’s draft. From what Schneider has disclosed thus far, the move is simply to spark some offseason competition among the quarterbacks on the roster. Schneider does not want anyone to get complacent in his organization, and he also praised Pryor’s athletic ability and said the coaches can’t wait to see what they can do with him.
So, for Schneider, the purpose of the trade is simply infusing a little competition in the workplace to spur productivity in the offseason. Giving up the last pick in the draft does not make this a risky trade in any capacity, and if anything he can be an interesting chip during the season if some other team needs a quarterback.
This trade, then, is not as big a deal as some might seem. My travels around social media to gauge fan’s reaction to this trade led me to a frequent thought process among fans: Schneider knows what he is doing and the move should not be questioned. Another frequent reaction, as a little aside here, was the disgust that Pryor will be making more money than Russell Wilson this year. And when you say that aloud or in your head, it just does not make sense.
While considering how Pryor could be used if he makes the team by Week 1 of the regular season, I thought Pryor could be an asset for preparing Seattle’s defense for Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers. Pryor, like Kaepernick, is big, athletic, and speedy. He would be an asset on the practice field for the Seahawks’ defense. But then I remembered that Seattle already has mobile quarterbacks in Wilson and Jackson who can prepare the defense just fine.
In any event, the trade has no risk attached to it, and if he doesn’t pan out, Seattle just cuts him and still retains its depth at quarterback. The trade is not a big deal in the slightest.
But I will say that if a fourth quarterback infuses more competition at the quarterback position that eventually makes Russell Wilson even better, I am all for it.