Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) runs with the ball against the Denver Broncos during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Debate: Did Terrelle Pryor Actually Have More Potential?

The Terrelle Pryor era is over in Oakland, if you can call it an era. Maybe it was not a successful era, but the time Terrelle Pryor spent on the Raiders had some excitement, controversy, and unmatched hopes and expectations. Pryor was traded to the Seattle Seahawks Monday for a seventh round pick in the upcoming draft.

But was it the right decision for the Raiders to let him go so lightly? I don’t think so. Although he did not become a truly viable starting quarterback, he did possess a unique blend of talents that should have prevented the Raiders from giving him up for a meaningless pick.

First of all, it could be argued that he, if he was still on the team, would be the best option at backup quarterback. Last season, he gave the Raiders a better chance to win in any given game than Matt McGloin because he could use his legs. This season, with a much improved offensive line, McGloin could step up his performance past Pryor, but that is no guarantee. It remains to be seen whether Trent Edwards could be successful in a Raiders jersey, and he could very well perform at a higher level than Pryor. Despite this, I think it would have been a good idea to keep Pryor on the roster just in case Matt Schaub either gets injured or doesn’t play as expected.

Terrelle Pryor is also a great potential wild card to have. Due to his superior physical talents, he can excel in trick plays and special offensive packages. He gives the Raiders another option on the offensive side of the ball, and that puts them in an even better position to score.

Let me be clear: I don’t think the loss of Terrelle Pryor will have a significant influence on the team. However, neither will a seventh round pick. Had the Raiders gotten more than one of the lowest picks of the draft, I may have been on board. But in the end, the Raiders will not likely need Pryor in the upcoming season, so I don’t see his loss as a big blow to the team.

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