The Oakland Raiders are in the process of trying to find trade partners for quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Earlier this offseason, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said that Pryor wanted to be traded or released because of his desire to be a starting quarterback. He was not going to get that opportunity in Oakland with quarterback Matt Schaub on board and the team's preference for Matt McGloin to be the back-up.
Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Raiders are trying to trade Pryor before the team starts its offseason program on April 22nd. That is going to be a very difficult task for Oakland with the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft.
Once information comes out that a team wants to trade a player, it usually means they will eventually release him. Look no further than running back Chris Johnson or wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who were on the trade block, but released instead. Pryor doesn't have the financial obligation of a Jackson or Johnson, but he also doesn't have their production either.
The chances that Oakland gets anything for Pryor are slim to none. Teams are not going to give up a pick, even in the later rounds for a player they know will be released. Oakland made it clear; they don't want Pryor when they benched him last year in favor of Matt McGloin. He is not the quarterback that they believe in, which was proven by the Matt Flynn trade last season and the Schaub trade this year.
Pryor has a long way to go before he is a bone fide starter in the NFL. He wants to start, but that is ambitions due to the development still needed in his game. He is a below average passer, who lacks the instincts and comfort in the pocket. His first inclination is to run because he is an explosive playmaker. However, defenses eventually key in on that and force him to throw. He presently lacks the accuracy to make defenses pay for playing the run.
Although Pryor is not a polished quarterback yet, he does have some special attributes. He has a strong arm as well as a combination of speed and strength as a runner. Pryor is able to use his running skills to make things happen in the offense and the open field. He is a born leader and his teammates believed in him. His 94 yard touchdown run last season against the Pittsburgh Steelers was a play few can make especially at the quarterback position. As a developmental project, Pryor is worth a look. For the Raiders and head coach Dennis Allen, they need to win now and Pryor isn't ready to do that for them.
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