The Seahawks and Raiders have reached an agreement on a trade that sends Terrelle Pryor to Seattle, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (via Twitter) that the Seahawks will send a seventh-round draft pick to Oakland as part of the deal.
With newly acquired Matt Schaub expected to be the starter in Oakland, Matt McGloin backing him up, and the possibility of the Raiders adding another signal-caller in the draft, there was no room for Pryor, who was expected to be traded or released this week. A pick near the very end of the draft (247th overall) isn’t much compensation for the former Oakland starter, but it’s at least a small asset for the Raiders, and parting with that pick allowed Seattle to avoid fending off other suitors for Pryor in free agency.
One potential suitor for Pryor would have been the Seahawks’ division rivals and the Raiders’ rivals across the bay — according to Florio (via Twitter), the 49ers were also pursuing a trade for the 24-year-old, but lost out to Seattle. Presumably San Francisco wasn’t including a 2014 pick in its offer, given Pryor’s cost.
Pryor appeared in 11 games in 2013 for the Raiders, starting nine of them, but was underwhelming in those contests. Overall, he completed 156 of 272 pass attempts (57.4%) for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. He did add some value with his legs, racking up 576 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 93-yard score.
The Seahawks re-signed backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson earlier in the offseason, so he’ll likely compete with Pryor for the No. 2 job behind starter Russell Wilson. Jackson may have the upper hand in that competition, considering his 2014 salary of $1.25MM is fully guaranteed.
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