Former Raider Terrelle Pryor to stay at quarterback initially for Seahawks


Dec 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) controls the ball against the Denver Broncos during the fourth quarter at Coliseum. The Denver Broncos defeated the Oakland Raiders 34-14. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

After being traded from the Oakland Raiders to the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahwaks many have started to assume that Terrelle Pryor will eventually be asked to try out a different position giving his obvious athletic strengths and some of his also obvious shortcomings at developing into an NFL caliber quarterback.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider (you may remember him as the old guy wearing the WWE belt after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl) has told the Seattle Times that despite Pryor’s enticing potential at a crossover move to the backfield or wideout as an offensive weapon in the mold of Brad Smith or Kordell Stewart there are no plans to do so at this early stage of the Seattle offseason.

“Right now, he’s learning the quarterback position and (playing another spot) is not even an option,” general manager John Schneider said, per the Seattle Times.

Still, Schneider isn’t ready to dismiss the possibility of Pryor potentially being able to find success if he was ever ready to switch positions in order to make a greater impact in the league down the road.

“The fantasy football guy in me is like, ‘Yeah, Kordell Stewart was great at it,'” Schneider said, referring to the former Pittsburgh quarterback/receiver who had memorable success at both positions at times with the Steelers.

Schneider also expressed excitement in being able to acquire Pryor to fill the team’s depth at quarterback, something that he feels had great value in only having to give up a seventh round pick for the former Ohio State star.

“Just to be able to acquire a player of that caliber in the seventh round,” Schneider said to the Times. “What our seventh round looks like right now, we felt the value was definitely there and it was worth it.”

Pryor’s future is unknown, and he does only have a short term deal existing from his deal with the Raiders that also leaves questions into how long his Seahawks stint will be. Many feel that Pryor’s best shot at making a lasting impact on the field as a consistent player is by embracing the “Slash” role, but after experiencing being a starter in Oakland it is unlikely that TP will be willing to give up his quarterback dreams. Something that for now the Seattle Seahawks are content with, using a seventh round pick to bring in one of the league’s most intriguing quarterbacks.