Last week the Oakland Raiders traded quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a 7th round draft pick. Pryor started nine games last season, completing 57% of his passes for 1798 yards with a TD:INT ratio of 7:11.
Pryor wasn’t the greatest starter for Oakland. He made a lot of bad decisions and lacked awareness in the pocket. A sprained MCL in midseason opened the door for underwhelming undrafted rookie Matt McGloin to take the job. The biggest asset Pryor had over McGloin was that Pryor had a splash play element that could open the offense.
McGloin struggled exceedingly, but still got the starting nod over a healthy Pryor late in the season. At this point, the writing was on the wall that the coaching staff was done with him. Even his release showed how little the team cared for him.
Although he performed well in week 17 against the Broncos, the Raiders still planned to get a new signal caller. They traded for embattled Houston starter Matt Schaub, and stated that they see McGloin as a good backup, leaving Pryor out of the fold.
The team stated they wanted to cut him or trade him before offseason activities opened, so he would not be a distraction. The Seahawks are a perfect situation for Pryor, where he can sit behind an up-and-coming Russell Wilson and veteran Tavaris Jackson. In addition, the Seahawks have the opportunity to use Pryor as a multiple position offensive weapon.
The compensation isn’t stellar for Oakland. A 7th round pick means they were extremely desperate to get rid of him. If the Seahawks had not offered the pick, the Raiders would have likely cut him, where he wouldve been subject to waivers, where any team could have picked him for no compensation.
His teammates weren’t exactly shocked when the news was broken.
“Nothing surprises me at this point in time in my career. I’ve seen a lot happen in my seven years here in the organization. Nothing surprises me. As a team, we just wish him the best and thank him for what he did here and wish him the best.” said fullback Marcel Reece.
Obviously the Seahawks saw something in Pryor enough to give up a draft pick. Now Pryor has the opportunity to sit and learn on a Super Bowl caliber team.