Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive ends Malik Jackson (97) and Robert Ayers (91) at Coliseum. The Broncos defeated the Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Terrelle Pryor asks for trade out of Oakland, roller coaster ride likely over

With the recent signing and contract restructuring of proven veteran quarterback Matt Schaub and the Raiders reported interest in drafting a young talent in the 2014 NFL Draft to develop, the writing appeared to be on the wall for fan favorite Terrelle Pryor when it comes to his future in Oakland.

It appears that Pryor is also wasting no time in moving on from the Raiders after finding out that he likely has no chance at earning back the starter’s role that he beat out career backup Matt Flynn for in the 2013 Preseason, demanding that Reggie McKenzie trade him to a new team.

The development should heat up Raider Nation as Pryor has earned himself a cult following thanks to some impressive moments of brilliance as a Raider, including a 2012 Week 17 performance against the Chargers as well as a 2013 win at home over the AFC West rivals. Pryor also earned the franchise record for longest run on a 93 yard touchdown in a home win over the Pittsburgh Steelers as another highlight that earned him the love of many in the Black Hole.

Still even with his highlight reel potential it was clear that Pryor often looked lost as an NFL starting quarterback and even with a damaged offensive line it did not appear that the former Ohio State star had enough potential for the Raiders to adjust their roster building plans and search for a capable long term starter while looking for their QB of the future in the draft. That was realized with the acquiring of Schaub on Friday and with Pryor’s contract set to expire next season.

Reggie McKenzie has been reported to have been shopping Pryor around prior to today’s development so it being out in the open could either help a deal get done or sink Pryor’s stock as the unproven quarterback has little value other than his athletic ability which could mean that Pryor may have to be released to find his next team. An intriguing talent that could be useful should he continue to improve on his throwing mechanics and ability inside of the pocket, Pryor should land somewhere as a backup/third QB sooner than later. However his exit from Oakland comes as no surprise as Pryor’s days were numbered after Matt McGloin came out of the woodwork as a more reliable backup option under a longer contract and more of a willingness to be #2 on the depth chart.

For Pryor fans today will be a day of anger and disappointment as the player earned himself the love of the Raider Nation as a hard working underdog who was also great with the fans and the community during his time in Oakland as well as being the final move of Raiders owner Mark Davis who gave Pryor a shot after his suspension from Ohio State. His time in Oakland will be a memorable footnote, but ultimately once he leaves Oakland he will join a long line of Raiders quarterbacks of the 2000′s who simply did not have enough of the full package to be the franchise QB that Oakland has been waiting on since Rich Gannon.


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  • Pauly

    Ship him to Philly for Jackson

  • Luis Hernandez

    My thoughts exactly! That would definitely be worth it

  • Carl Elftman

    Cut him and the Broncos sign him and after Peyton retires he comes back to haunt the Raiders for years.

  • gary Adkins

    He will never haunt anybody as a QB, doesn’t have the instinct or skillset.

  • KloverJane

    Roller coasters are fun.

  • Chris Schroeder

    I know there’s a lot of Pryor fans out there but hopefully after watching him nearly fall to the bottom of every category except for rushing yards, their minds might change a little bit about his ability to lead a good offense. Even the undersized undrafted free-agent out of Penn State came in and through the ball around making Pryor look like he didn’t know what the hell he was doing other than running around like a chicken with his head cut off. The release of Pryor just further illustrates that the Raiders are moving in the right direction. Let’s face it, Al Davis has made a ton of busted/loser mistakes over the last decade before he passed away and Pryor was his very last one that he made but it doesn’t make him a great choice either much like JaMarcus Russell wasn’t a great choice but yet everybody was screaming his name too until we watched him look like crap. Sure you could blame the O- line, hell… you can even blame Santa Claus but the truth is Pryor admittedly came out and said he didn’t even know how to throw the football before last season. And when you see 2 or 3 receivers waving their hands around for the ball and yet he’s still scrambling before he eventually takes off running it really throws a red flag out there that screams “I’m not decisive and don’t trust my ability to make good throws” who the hell wants a QB like that realistically. Al Davis always went by the philosophy that you can’t teach athleticism so he would go out and pick the biggest/fastest guys on the team. Here’s what Al Davis never considered. You can’t take a dumbass and turn them into a genius. You are what your jeans tell you you are. He never counted on that. Not saying that Pryor is a dumbass but you need a special kind of brain to process information that is flowing as fast as it is during the design plays that requires 2 to 3 options and reads and all the intricacy of these design plays, which also allows for audibles when the defense reads what you’re doing and how to maneuver your pieces in a better place to have success. There’s a lot of moving parts this machine if you don’t have the smarts to operate it you’re not going to be successful. Trade him, and trade him now. Chip Kelly will probably take him so now is our chance to go after the Desean Jackson and show the NFL that we are not messing around, plus we won’t need to use the fifth pick for Sammy Watkins which I would imagine will be at the top of their board now that we have a quarterback who can get a great receiver the ball

  • Chris Schroeder

    As much as I hate the broncos I don’t even think they are that dumb

  • Angel

    I stopped reading the article once I read 98 yard run. It was a 93 yard run. You can simply google it. . . Lazy writing.

    Jk. Hahah. The concluding article was good.