Appeared on WONE Ohio last week to talk Terrelle Pryor and the Battle of the Bay.
I discuss Pryor and breakdown the offense and defense for the 2011 season on the Football Sickness Podcast. Check it out.
Reports surfaced early Thursday that Terrelle Pryor had agreed to terms with the Raiders. Of course, Raiders executive John Herrera denied the report, but said Pryor would hopefully sign his deal tonight.
Well, now it is official, Terrelle Pryor has signed his contract and the Raiders have announced he will be on the field Friday in Napa.
Friday marks the final day of training camp and it will be interesting to see how the Raiders handle Pryor before breaking camp.
The timing couldn’t be better. The Raiders will showcase Pryor for one day at camp before returning to the uber-secret facility in Alameda where they can start to starch and iron Pryor’s warts.
Pryor’s deal is worth $2,808,100 over four years if he hits all the playing time incentives. In 2011, $586,000 is guaranteed with a base salary of $375,000. In 2012, he will earn $485,000 and $20,300 available in playing time incentives. In 2013, his salary will be $595,000 with a playing time incentive of $40,700. In 2014, his salary will be $645,000 with a 61,100 play-time incentive.
Very reasonable deal for a boom or bust type prospect like Pryor. The best comparison I’ve heard is Seneca Wallace, but Pryor is bigger and faster than Wallace.
With Pryor’s deal complete that leaves just one lingering question? Are the Raiders going to bring in a linebacker?
The Raiders have been in constant contact with Lofa Tatupu, but have been looking for a player that can play outside linebacker. There is much concern if Tatupu would be effective outside or would be more of an insurance policy for Rolando McClain.
Keith Bulluck’s name has been floated by some as a potential outside linebacker option.
The Raiders might pull the trigger on Tatupu or a player like Bulluck in the next few days or wait until cuts are made around the league to see what kind of quality is available at linebacker.
Tatupu and Bulluck probably don’t have a ton of suitors, so the Raiders can afford to gamble and wait to see what kind of player become available over the next two weeks.
Yes, the Raiders selected Terrelle Pryor with a third-round pick in the 2012 draft via the supplemental draft.
Most scouts believe Pryor isn’t a great fit as a quarterback in the NFL, but the Raiders didn’t waste a third-round pick to immediately covert him to receiver.
Pryor is lucky enough to possess elite physical tools. He ran a 4.4 second 40-yard dash at 6’5″ and 230 pounds. While he has a long way to go as a quarterback, he has all the needed physical tools to be successful.
With no long-term solution at quarterback on the roster, the Raiders are wise to take the chance on Pryor. If the team doesn’t feel like he is progressing as a quarterback he can be converted to receiver down the road.
Hue Jackson and Al Saunders will attempt to mold Pryor into an NFL quarterback and they have a few good things going for them. Pryor is motivated to be good. He’s not receiving a $30 million signing bonus and will need to put in the work to earn a big payday.
Warts aside, Pryor loves football and if he puts in the work the Raiders may indeed have themselves a quarterback. Pryor chose Ohio State because he believed they would prepare him for the pro game.
Pryor can also have an impact in special packages until he is ready to take the reigns of the offense. Putting Pryor on the field and giving the defense another player to worry about is never a bad idea.
It was a wise decision to take the chance on Pryor now, with no quarterbacks on the roster with contracts past the current season.
This isn’t wise because as history suggests the Raiders are unable to develop a young quarterback.
The Raiders haven’t developed quarterback since Jim Plunkett and even in Plunkett’s case you could argue he just wasn’t put in the right situation before he came to Oakland. It’s been a long time since the Raiders have developed a franchise quarterback and the Raiders haven’t selected the easiest of candidates to develop, Pryor is no exception.
Pryor will need to clean up his mechanics, make better decisions and learn the offense before the Raiders can lean on him as starter. He has a long way to go.
In many ways Jason Campbell is more typical of Raiders quarterback, an outcast veteran that didn’t have much success at his prior stops. Chances are if Campbell is effective in 2011 the Raiders will give Pryor a full two seasons of development before trying to turn to him as the guy to lead the team.
Risk is all about money committment and the new draft process and rookie wage scale made Pryor a low-risk, high-reward option for Al Davis and he instantly becomes the Raiders only long-term option and the pressure will be on the coaching staff to make something of Pryor as a quarterback.
Jason Campbell will be the starter going into the 2011 season. Given his inconsistency in 2010, the Raiders must hedge its bet and bring in a quarterback of the future.
The backup quarterback is Kyle Boller and is no threat to be anything more than a backup.
What available players might fit what the Raiders need?
The Ohio State product will enter the supplemental draft. He’d be an interesting project quarterback for Hue Jackson to mold. The Raiders are a favorite to land Pryor and they are, like many teams, exploring Pryor’s on and off-the-field resume. He’d slide in as the third quarterback and would be groomed to take over at a future date two or three years down the line.
Given the Raiders track record of developing quarterbacks and Pryor’s lack of NFL caliber traits as a quarterback, it’s probably best to stay away from Pryor despite his size.
It wasn’t long ago the Raiders scouts were drooling all over Vince Young during the pre-draft process. It isn’t likely the Raiders opinion has shifted drastically since, but what Hue Jackson and Al Saunders believe could very well determine if Young could wear the black jersey in 2011 and be groomed to take over in 2012.
He’s old to be a developmental QB and signing him would put pressure on Jason Campbell to perform. He probably wants more money than the Raiders can offer and shot at starting, but you never know what Al Davis will do to bring in a player he likes.
Tennessee should release Young once the new league year begins, making him one of several free agents quarterbacks.
He is an undrafted player out of Louisville who is athletic for a quarterback, but struggled with injuries during his college career. He’s got some unique tools that need much refinement, but would be a good third quarterback that can also mimic athletic quarterbacks for the scout team.
He’s got potential as a player to develop and is the type of player the Raiders should be looking for to be the third quarterback.
There are not many quarterbacks available that fit what the Raiders are looking for when it comes to age and scheme.
The Raiders will probably do the inevitable and make Charlie Frye the third quarterback and put off the search for a developmental quarterback that can eventually take over as the face of the franchise.