Is Terrelle Pryor more than a backup QB for the Seahawks?


RENTON — The 2014 NFL draft remains a week away.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider, though, already likes the look of the team’s final pick.

In Schneider’s eyes, anyway, that’s what Terrelle Pryor is after the Seahawks acquired him last week from Oakland for a seventh-round selection.

What Pryor also is, Schneider made clear when he met with media Wednesday in a session largely devoted to previewing the upcoming draft, is a quarterback.

When the trade was made, rumors swirled that the Seahawks might experiment with Pryor at other positions, because Seattle seems set at quarterback with Russell Wilson as the starter and veteran Tarvaris Jackson returning as a trusted backup.

Schneider, though, said there has been no talk of using Pryor, a 24-year-old former Ohio State star, as anything but a quarterback.

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

Schneider acknowledged that it’s hard not to look at the physical attributes of Pryor and not be intrigued by the non-quarterback possibilities. Pryor is listed at 6 feet 4 but Schneider referred to him as 6-5 {, 245 pounds and having once been timed in the 40 in 4.36 seconds.

“The fantasy football guy in me is like, ‘Yeah, Kordell Stewart was great at it,’ ” Schneider said, referring to the former Pittsburgh QB who also played receiver.

But Schneider said the team acquired Pryor with the idea of adding depth and competition at quarterback.

Seattle has often kept just two quarterbacks on its active roster the past two years. But the Seahawks also had three for a while last season after signing B.J. Daniels, who is also signed for this season, and Schneider said Seattle would have no issue again carrying three quarterbacks on its 53-man roster

As for why the team gave up a draft pick for Pryor, Schneider said the Seahawks felt he has a better potential to pay off than the player the Seahawks would have taken with the 247th overall pick.

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

Schneider also said getting Pryor — who started nine games for the Raiders last year — continues to send a message that the organization will do whatever it takes to stay at an elite level. That the days of exploring every avenue to get better aren’t over just because the team is coming off a Super Bowl title.

Schneider said “We try to get in on every deal and listen to every deal that we possibly can. Sometimes there are a lot of deals that are just done between teams that you are not able to get your foot in the door.”

In this one, though, Schneider had a way in, having worked for years with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie in Green Bay.

Schneider knew the Raiders were looking to move Pryor, and likely to cut him, after having signed Matt Schaub to be the starter in 2014.

“Reggie and I are very good friends, and he believes in him,” Schneider said. “So we talked about him and knew that we wouldn’t be able to acquire (him) if he was released. We weren’t going to be able to get him on waivers. We knew that for sure.”

 

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