The Oakland Raiders did find a trade partner for quarterback Terrelle Pryor, sending him to the Seattle Seahawks Monday in exchange for a seventh-round pick in next month’s NFL Draft.
The Raiders announced the move, under the headline “Raiders Acquire Seventh-Round Selection,” on their website.
There was speculation that the Raiders would cut Pryor if they couldn’t get him traded before their offseason program begins on Tuesday.
Pro Football Talk reported via Twitter that there was more than one suitor for Pryor:
Per multiple sources, the Seahawks and the 49ers were both pursuing a trade for Terrelle Pryor. Seattle won.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 22, 2014
Pryor started nine games last season for Oakland and was ranked 44th among 45 quarterbacks by FootballOutsiders.com. According to passer rating, Pryor was 36th among 37 qualifiers with a rating of 69.1. Only three quarterbacks last season (Eli Manning, Pryor, Geno Smith) had passer ratings worse than 70.
I was honestly caught off-guard by the news; given the price the Raiders paid for an established veteran quarterback (a sixth-round pick for Matt Schaub), it seemed unlikely a team would give up any sort of asset to get Pryor.
But in Pryor’s defense, he’s only 24 and he’s got freaky athletic skills. He was the second-leading rusher among quarterbacks last season, trailing Cam Newton of Carolina by nine yards despite starting seven fewer games, and set an NFL record for the longest run by a quarterback when he took off on a 93-yard touchdown run against the Steelers.
Pryor is the fourth quarterback on the Seattle roster. Starter Russell Wilson tops the depth chart, with veteran Tarvaris Jackson next and B.J. Daniels, who didn’t throw a pass as a rookie last season after spending time on the rosters of both the 49ers and Seahawks, also on the roster.