Some Oakland Raiders fans never wanted Terrelle Pryor to leave, but a failure to develop accuracy in his passing led to the franchise making the decision that the former Ohio State star would never become the franchise quarterback the team is searching for.
With the team making moves for Matt Schaub and drafting Derek Carr, Pryor was traded to the Seahawks and will be facing a team in which he was a fan favorite at times when the defending Super Bowl champions take on the Raiders in a game where the backup Pryor will be looking at plenty of playing time should head coach Pete Carroll rest Russell Wilson at quarterback on Thursday night.
Pryor, who mentioned that he wanted to be traded from Oakland, told ESPN’s Seahawks reporter Terry Blount that he is excited for the opportunity to play plenty of former teammates come Thursday.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor returns to Oakland Thursday night to play against the team he wanted to leave before being traded to Seattle.
I told them I wanted to be traded,” Pryor said Monday. “It took a while for them to trade me.”
Oakland traded Pryor to Seattle on April 21st for a seventh-round draft choice.
“At first they didn’t want to, but at the end of the day, I’m here,” Pryor said. “Now I have an opportunity to go play against some former teammates and friends and some good players. That’s what I look forward to.”
Pryor has been given a potential new start in Seattle, but leaving Oakland doesn’t change the fact that the former Buckeye is stuck in limbo as a career backup with athletic strengths that is too far along in his career to learn a new position. Seattle may find a way to use Pryor come the regular season if he ends up on the 53 man roster, but whether or not he looks forward to playing Oakland and how he plays against his former team will be irrelevant to the reality that whether he left Oakland or not his job status will remain the same in 2014 as it would have with the Raiders.