You had to know there was no way the NFLPA was going to be on the sideline while Roger Goodell implements new policies on the fly. With the ink still wet on the new CBA, Goodell took to breaking new ground on punishment by commuting Terrelle Pryor’s NCAA suspension to the NFL.
Since the Raiders drafted Pryor there has been waffling on a Favreian level as to whether or not Pryor would appeal.
According to NFL Network’s Albert Breer, Pryor will in fact appeal his 5-game ban. Mike Florio points out that the NFL could easily say the window of opportunity has closed. So we’ll see how this all shakes down…if this report is accurate.
How the NFL can justify handing down a suspension to a player that has committed no crime against the NFL is baffling. If Goodell truly felt Pryor was trying to game the system then he simply shouldn’t have allowed the former Buckeye into the supplemental draft. By giving Pryor a path to the NFL yet tossing a roadblock in his path, Goodell has clearly aligned himself with the NCAA so as to protect his league’s free-of-charge farm system.
You can’t help but think that Al Davis has a hand in this too. After cutting Trent Edwards yesterday the Raiders are down to just Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller at the QB position. New rules stipulate that NFL teams are no longer required to suit up three QBs on gameday. Still, Hue Jackson would love to get Pryor into practice ASAP and perhaps utilize him in other capacities as he learns the ropes.
No telling how this will turn out but the all-too-coincidental 5-game ban Pryor dodged in college only to come back to haunt him in the NFL is a slippery slope. If Goodell is suddenly using the NFL to police the NCAA then where does his power end? Also of note is that the Colts recently hired Pryor’s former coach, Jim Tressel, without league consent. By the way Goodell handled Pryor you’d have to assume he’d have something to say about that situation. That Ohio State’s violations are now bleeding over to the NFL shows just how much the business aspect has come to the forefront of football.