Seattle Seahawks: Why Terrelle Pryor trade is not a big deal

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?Seattle Seahawks

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.

Enough digression.

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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.

  • TrippinTheCripple

    I think you missed the story, Ken. I believe the move has very little to do with competition at the QB position. It’s more about acquiring another weapon with the functionality of a Swiss army knife. I can’t wait to see how PC and JS utilize Pryor.

    • Ken Kosirowski

      I am actually basing my story off what John Schneider has explicitly told reporters. You are correct, though, that Pryor is an athletic weapon that can be used in several ways.

    • Ken Kosirowski

      Based off what Schneider himself has told reporters, I came to my conclusion. Pryor is basically a substitution for the last pick in this year’s draft, and those late guys almost never make the team anyway. Pryor’s a step up from that and, to Schneider, will eradicate any complacency. You are correct, though, that if the coaching staff likes what they see, Pryor can be another versatile weapon.

      • SeahawkFanForever

        Here is a thought. Maybe PC and JS can show what Pryor can do with a better O-line and better recievers during the preseason. If he shows a marked improvement they just might be able to trade him for a 3rd or 4th round draft pick for 2015. I’ll take that any day.