The Oakland Raiders have completed a trade to send quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks. General manager Reggie McKenzie said at the owner's meeting that Pryor wanted to be traded or released and that wish was granted today. Pryor wanted to be a starting quarterback, which has the reason he wanted out, but that will not be the case in Seattle where he will compete to be Russell Wilson's back-up.
Seattle and Oakland are no strangers to trades. Last season, Oakland traded a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft for quarterback Matt Flynn. The teams also recently made a deal for linebacker Aaron Curry. Neither are on the Raiders roster.
Pryor goes to Seattle after a tough 2013 season with the Raiders. After the preseason, Pryor beat out Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback job. He went on to start the eight games before a knee injury and poor play got him put on the bench. Undrafted rookie Matt McGloin took over and started until the final week of the season, when the Raiders went back to Pryor. In all, he started nine games, completing 57 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He did his most impressive work with his legs, finishing just behind Cam Newton in quarterback rushing yards last year with 576.
The part of Pryor's game that needs massive improvement is his passing. He does not have the necessary accuracy to be an efficient passer at this level. He is going to need much more development to be able to get another chance to start. He also lacks some pocket awareness and is quick to pull it down as opposed to looking down the field for targets.
Despite Pryor's shortcomings as a passer, he is a terrific athlete with above average arm strength. His combination of size, speed, and strength is rare. He set an NFL record in 2013 with a 93-yard touchdown run against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was a solid leader for Oakland as his teammates rallied around him. Pryor provided several highlights plays for the silver and black.
When push came to shove, head coach Dennis Allen and the Raiders brass did not believe Pryor was their guy. They wanted a pocket passer to run the offense. That is why they felt comfortable moving Pryor and moving on with Matt Schaub for 2014.Tags: Dennis Allen, Football, Matt Flynn, Matt Schaub, NFL, Oakland, Oakland Raiders, Reggie McKenzie, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, Terrelle Pryor, trade