According to separate reports, Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor—after seeing his former job given to Matt Schaub after the veteran was acquired from the Texans last week—wants a trade and the Raiders are preparing to trade of release the three-year veteran.
According to Alex Marvez of FOXSports1, via Twitter:
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) March 24, 2014
Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News later reported via Twitter that the club appears to be ready to change directions:
Asked Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie about Terrelle Pryor’s future with the team and McKenzie suggested Pryor could be traded or released soon.
— Tim Kawakami (@timkawakami) March 24, 2014
According to Football Outsiders quarterback metric, Pryor was 44th among 45 qualified quarterbacks in the NFL last season, ahead of only Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden. Pryor was 37th among 39 qualifiers on ESPN’s Total QBR, ahead of only Weeden and former Raider Matt Flynn, who also played for the Packers last season. Pryor’s 69.1 passer rating was 36th among 37 qualifiers in the league, ahead of only Geno Smith of the Jets.
So, yes, by any measure, he wasn’t so good last year. But he had his moments. Pryor set an NFL record with a 93-yard touchdown run in a win over the Steelers in Week 8—one of two games in which he topped 100 yards rushing—and was second among NFL quarterbacks with 576 rushing yards last season, trailing only Carolina’s Cam Newton, who had 585 yards on the ground. Only four quarterbacks topped 500 yards rushing in 2013; the others were Russell Wilson of the Seahawks and Colin Kaepernick of the 49ers.
It’s hard to envision a scenario in which a team trades for Pryor. To get Schaub, a two-time Pro Bowler with playoff experience, the Raiders only surrendered a sixth-round pick.
The Raiders currently have four quarterbacks on the roster: Schaub, Pryor, Matt McGloin and Trent Edwards, who was signed to a reserve/future contract in January after being out of the league in 2013.