According to a report, the Oakland Raiders are prepared to release quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday if they can’t find a trade partner to deal the three-year veteran.
Alex Marvez of FOX Sports 1, citing a source, made the report via Twitter Sunday:
— Alex Marvez (@alexmarvez) April 19, 2014
A trade seems unlikely, considering a two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Matt Schaub, was acquired by the Raiders for only a sixth-round draft pick.
Pryor, 24, beat out Matt Flynn in training camp last summer to win the starting quarterback job and had an electrifying performance with his legs in Week 1, rushing for 112 yards on 13 carries while completing 19-of-29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions as the Raiders led the Indianapolis Colts late in the fourth quarter before losing 21-17.
He came out of Week 1 as the leading rusher in the AFC and followed that up by leading the Raiders to a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2.
He had his best passing day in Week 5, returning from missing one game with a concussion to throw for 221 yards and two touchdowns while going 18-for-23 in a 27-17 win over the Chargers. Pryor’s 135.7 passer rating for the game was a career high.
But his season nosedived after the San Diego game. Over his next four games, Pryor completed only 50.8 percent of his passes for 714 yards and one touchdown while throwing eight interceptions. That’s not to say there weren’t highlights—Pryor set an NFL record for the longest run by a quarterback with a 93-yard touchdown run in a win over the Steelers in Week 8.
But he injured his knee in a loss to the Giants in New Jersey in Week 10, with undrafted rookie Matt McGloin filling in and leading the Raiders to their lone road win of the season at Houston in Week 11.
That would be the Raiders last win of the year, however, as McGloin started the next five games, all losses, before Pryor was reinstalled as the starter for the season finale against Denver at the Black Hole.
For the season, Pryor completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards and seven touchdowns with 11 interceptions and led NFL quarterbacks with 576 yards on 83 carries, scoring two touchdowns.
Pryor has been a polarizing figure among Raider fans, with some angered by his benching last fall and calling for the former Ohio State star to get a fair shot at reclaiming the job in 2014.
That point was rendered moot when the Raiders acquired Schaub and announced he was going into next season as their No. 1 under center.
At the point Pryor is traded or released, the Raiders will have three quarterbacks on the roster to open their offseason training program on Tuesday. In addition to Schaub and McGloin, Oakland signed former Stanford quarterback Trent Edwards to a reserve/futures contract in early January.
Edwards was cut in training camp by the Bears and was not in the league in 2013. He last played for the Eagles in 2012 and also played for the Jaguars after starting 32 games for Buffalo from 2007-10.