Oakland Raiders: 5 Potential Trade Partners For Terrelle Pryor
The Oakland Raiders didn’t waste much time giving up on quarterback Terrelle Pryor. Always considered a developmental project since selected in the second round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft, Pryor was on thin ice entering the 2013 NFL season, and wasn’t able to do enough to earn a firm backing from the Oakland brass going forward.
Pryor showed enough potential in 11 games last year to warrant a flier from another team, however, as he made nine starts while putting up 1,798 passing yards and another 576 yards on the ground.
Pryor took the league by storm in a way in week one, as he ran all over the Indianapolis Colts en route to 112 rushing yards on 13 carries. The Raiders narrowly lost that week one battle and Pryor’s solid showing sparked talk that Oakland may have stumbled on a franchise quarterback.
With a completion percentage above 62% in each of his first four starts, Pryor was slowly proving he could play at the NFL level, and offered enough upside in terms of athleticism and playmaking ability for the Raiders to move forward with.
Unfortunately, Pryor began to fall apart in week six against the Kansas City Chiefs, where a three-interception day kicked off a four game stretch where he put up a 1:8 touchdown to interception ratio. In the end, Pryor managed just seven passing touchdowns to 11 picks and was much too inaccurate and erratic to be counted on for the future.
With a high pick in this year’s draft, the Raiders naturally are expected to look elsewhere at the quarterback position, which has spawned the Terrelle Pryor trade rumors.
With Pryor’s name out on the trading block, let’s break down five realistic options for a potential trade:
Cleveland currently has just Brian Hoyer to lean on after letting go of the epic failure that is Brandon Weeden, meaning they might be interested bringing in a young, talented quarterback to work with.
They’re probably drafting a quarterback early, as well, but Pryor is a versatile talent that could be used in a number of ways. The Browns have a predictable offense, so adding a player that can help keep defenses guessing wouldn’t be the worst move they could make.
Tennessee already has a project under center in Jake Locker, but why not add another? New head coach Ken Whisenhunt has yet to fully back his young quarterback, while the Titans let go of seasoned veteran backup, Ryan Fitzpatrick. It’s not crazy to think Whisenhunt liked what he saw from Pryor after facing him twice with the San Diego Chargers last season. At the very worst, Pryor could come in and push Locker.
Jacksonville is another team that should draft a passer early in the 2014 NFL Draft, while Chad Henne is their current penciled in starter. Pryor could challenge Henne right away for the week one starting gig, or the Jags could choose to groom him behind Henne.
Minnesota will look for any excuse not to play Christian Ponder, while Matt Cassel is a bridge starter at the very best. They appear to be in hot pursuit of LSU pocket passer Zach Mettenberger, but Pryor could be a nice athletic, high upside backup plan.
Pryor doesn’t have an insanely huge arm, but it’s good enough to be put to solid use in Bruce Arians’ vertical offense. Carson Palmer is aging and the Cards should be in the market for more juice under center this offseason. Giving up a late pick for Pryor could be something they’d be interested in.
Pryor is ultimately likely going to be released, but with Brandon Weeden finding a home in Dallas and Blaine Gabbert landing the Jaguars a sixth rounder earlier in the offseason, he’ll surely be able to latch on somewhere. If it’s via trade, the Browns or Titans make the most sense early on in the process.
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