Terrelle Pryor: Latest News and Speculation Surrounding QB's Future with Raiders

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

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Updates from Saturday April 19

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports puts all the pieces surrounding Pryor's future with the Raiders together:

Updates from Wednesday, April 16

ProFootballTalk.com has a big update on the Raiders' plans for Terrelle Pryor:

Updates from Wednesday, March 26

Alex Marvez of Fox Sports has the latest on Pryor's potential departure from Oakland:

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Terrelle Pryor has seen the writing on the wall, and apparently he doesn't like what he's read. The Raiders quarterback's representation recently met with team general manager Reggie McKenzie, and the meeting ended with Pryor requesting his release or a trade to a situation where he has a chance to start.   

Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News spoke to McKenzie on Monday, who indicated he expects resolution to come sooner than later:

News of Pryor's meeting with Raiders officials comes just three days after the team traded a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans for veteran quarterback Matt Schaub.

A starter in Houston for most of the last seven seasons, Schaub fell out of favor as his play took a nosedive in the Texans' 2-14 campaign last year.

He is the clear-cut favorite to win the starting quarterback job in Oakland coming out of the gate, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the two sides restructured Schaub's contract to keep him around at least two years.

Schaub's arrival will likely spell the end for Pryor with the Raiders, given the two sides' tenuous relationship. Before Week 17, Pryor's then-agent, Jerome Stanley, said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen was setting Pryor up to fail by starting him on little notice and hoping he does so the organization could move on. 

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Pryor subsequently fired Stanley and hired Drew Rosenhaus, but Stanley's words likely fractured an already shaky relationship. The former Ohio State standout was a third-round compensatory pick by Oakland in 2011, but he predates both McKenzie and Allen.

However, Pryor requested the trade prior to Schaub's arrival in Oakland according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk:

Per a league source, the trade request came in January, when players and agents and media gathered at the Senior Bowl.  At that point, Pryor had decided that the time had come to move on, based on the elevation of Matt McGloin above the 2011 third-round supplemental selection during the 2013 regular season.

Scott Bair of CSNCalifornia.com had more specifics around Pryor's request for a trade:

While Pryor played in 11 games (nine starts) last season, Allen at times flip-flopped between him and Matt McGloin. Undrafted out of Penn State, McGloin went from entirely unheralded to starting six games in 2013—some due to injury, others performance-based.

Pryor showed flashes of his dual-threat tools, rushing for 576 yards and two touchdowns last year. But his propensity for turnovers and still-developing passing skills left the Raiders looking for a more competitive option.

With Schaub in the fold, McKenzie told Pryor's representation that starting in Oakland is no longer an option, per Kawakami

Whether that's an option anywhere else is also a question mark. Gifted but still raw, Pryor ranked 44th out of 45 quarterbacks (minimum 100 pass attempts) in Football Outsiders' DYAR metric. The site measured that he was 31.6 percent worse than a replacement-level quarterback as a passer.

Pro Football Focus (subscription required) came back with similarly concerning numbers, ranking Pryor last among the 41 QBs with at least 25 percent of their team's snaps taken.

Most at issue was Pryor's accuracy. His unrefined footwork and inability to properly place passes left Raiders receivers struggling to catch even his semi-accurate throws. PFF indicates that Pryor, known for his arm strength, completed only eight of his 30 passes that went 20-plus yards in the air.

Bleacher Report's AFC West lead writer Christopher Hansen thinks Pryor needs a position change to stay in the league:

Given his size and athletic gifts, Pryor could theoretically stick as a tight end or receiver. Getting him to buy into that change is a different story. He seems not only dead-set on continuing to play quarterback, but also competing for a starting job. 

It seems like a wholly unrealistic goal for 2014, but the minimal flashes he showed last season might be enough to make a team take a chance. It would be surprising if any team were to give up anything but a conditional seventh-round pick for his services.

With that said, there are enough offensive coordinators around the league who fashion themselves miracle workers that he might get one more shot as a developmental talent.

Pryor just needs to realize it may be his last. At least at quarterback.


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