Terrelle Pryor Smart to Reportedly Request a Trade from the Oakland Raiders

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 24, 2014

Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) against the Denver Broncos during an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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With the recent moves made by the Oakland Raiders, quarterback Terrelle Pryor is smart to request a trade as he tries to find a better situation with a different NFL team.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders recently acquired two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Matt Schaub from the Houston Texans in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft. Schaub struggled in his final season with the Texans, but it looks likely that he'll be the starting QB in Oakland next season.

That's not exactly the best situation for Pryor, who started nine games for the Raiders last season. Now, the Raiders have Schaub, Pryor and Matt McGloin on the depth chart, and there's a good chance that Pryor is No. 3 on that list.

With the possibility of not playing under center for the Raiders next season, Alex Marvez of Fox Sports tweeted on Monday that the 24-year-old quarterback out of Ohio State has asked to be traded:

Tim Kawakami from the San Jose Mercury News tweeted that general manager Reggie McKenzie suggested Pryor could be gone in the near future:

Marc Sessler from NFL.com provided some additional quotes from McKenzie, with the GM saying:

He has talked to his agent about it. He had him talk to me about it. Terrelle wants to start so bad. I'll visit with him. We'll talk to him. ... We'll see next week or so how he feels about his future.

Anytime you sign a veteran player, a guy (like Pryor) that really wants to start -- it's gonna hit him. And so that's what I'm going to talk with him about.

Given the current situation, Pryor is smart to want to be traded.

The numbers for Pryor last season weren't great as a passer. He completed just 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions, giving him a 69.1 passer rating.

However, he showed his big-play potential with his legs on multiple occasions, running for 576 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 6.9 yards per carry.

Nov 3, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) reacts during the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at O.co Coliseum. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 49-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Still, Pryor has yet to prove himself as a legitimate passer in the NFL. He's struggled making easy throws and his 6.6 yards per pass attempt is nowhere near where it should be.

According to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Pryor ranked No. 39 among 42 quarterbacks to play in at least 25 percent of the team's snaps, behind just E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith and Chad Henne.

The good news for Pryor is that he's just 24 years old, and he could still one day develop into a serviceable passer, but for him to expect to start in the NFL at this point isn't realistic. Instead, he should hope to find a team with an established quarterback he can learn under.

The biggest thing right now for Pryor to deal with is passing under pressure. Despite being such a mobile quarterback, his numbers when under pressure are significantly worse, as you can see in the table below.

Terrelle Pryor Under Pressure in 2013
No Pressure66.97.34680.7-0.1
Plays Under Pressure44.35.73553.4-17.7

There are several teams that could use a backup quarterback, and even then Pryor could at least see the field for a few snaps every game. Given his set of skills, Pryor is mobile enough to potentially catch opposing defenses off guard, and his next team could potentially add plays to the playbook specifically designed for him.

While the Raiders likely won't get much for trading Pryor, he's definitely smart for wanting a trade. He doesn't want to play for a franchise with an established veteran and another developing backup quarterback.  He'd rather develop with another team under a better quarterback where he could potentially be the go-to guy a few years down the road.


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