By John Boyle
Terrelle Pryor will not be on the Seahawks’ roster after the final round of cuts are made Saturday. The quarterback, acquired by Seattle in a trade with Oakland in the offseason, will be released, a league source confirmed. ProFootballTalk.com first reported the news.
Pryor’s release hardly comes a big surprise given that he struggled in the preseason, completing just 53.8 percent of his passes with one touchdown and two interceptions, good for a 64.2 passer rating, and also because the Seahawks have frequently gone with just two quarterbacks under Pete Carroll and John Schneider. But the move still answers one of the bigger questions about Seattle’s roster decisions. As inconsistent as Pryor was, he has a ton of athletic upside—his 44-yard touchdown run against San Diego was one of the highlights of the preseason—which explains the Seahawks giving up a seventh-round pick for him despite having both Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson.
The thought was that Pryor would compete with Jackson for the backup job, but Jackson was clearly the better quarterback throughout camp. At that point the question became not whether Pryor could win the No. 2 job, but whether he could do enough to convince the Seahawks to keep a third quarterback.
Pryor, who started nine games in Oakland last season, almost certainly will land on another roster. The Seahawks can only hope it won’t be in San Francisco, where he could take knowledge of Seattle’s offense to a division rival that happens to have a question mark at quarterback behind Colin Kaepernick, or perhaps St. Louis after the Rams lost starter Sam Bradford for the season with a knee injury.