Terrelle Pryor Released by Seahawks: Latest Details and Reaction

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVAugust 29, 2014

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The Seattle Seahawks have reportedly released Terrelle Pryor as the team makes its final roster cuts, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (via the NFL's official Twitter feed):

Pryor spoke about his experience with the Seahawks following his release:

The 25-year-old's tenure in Seattle is ending just as it was about to start. He was traded to the Super Bowl champions in April for a seventh-round pick with the chance to earn the third-string quarterback job behind starter Russell Wilson and backup Tarvaris Jackson. 

Pryor appeared in all four of the Seahawks' preseason games but failed to earn any worthwhile playing time in Weeks 2 and 3 after a shaky opener against Denver. He got plenty of action in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders, his former team, and impressed with 11 completions on 17 attempts for 134 yards and a touchdown late in a 41-31 defeat.

He finished his preseason 21-of-39 for 281 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

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The former Ohio State standout's NFL career was well documented before it began. A high school prodigy turned Heisman contender who led his team to a Rose Bowl win in 2010, Pryor was the only 2011 NFL supplemental draft selection, going to the Raiders and eventually starting for the team in late 2012 and early 2013 before on-field struggles and injury troubles doomed his stint.

The Seahawks traded for Pryor's rights to see if he might unseat B.J. Daniels as the team's No. 3 quarterback, but it was apparent before the cuts that his supreme athleticism wouldn't be enough, as The Associated Press' Curtis Crabtree noted:

Despite his struggles to maintain a roster spot, Pryor has not been available to all 32 teams since his inclusion in the supplemental draft. It will be interesting to see if a team jumps at grabbing him on the waiver wire. 

Bleacher Report's Christopher Hansen observed Pryor might need to change positions to stay in the league:

With the final roster cuts looming for each team, many of the 32 organizations are more worried about which of their own quarterbacks to get rid of, much less adding one. But there are exceptions—like the Rams, who recently lost Sam Bradford for the season with a torn ACL.

Many around the NFL had their doubts on Pryor before he entered the league, but he won back a lot of fans after emerging as the Raiders' starter and having some early success in 2013. He'll have his work cut out for him to climb a depth chart, but the 25-year-old's short body of work indicates he might be worth the risk for a team that needs quarterback help.