SEATTLE — Seattle has one of the most stable starting quarterback situations in the NFL, with Russell Wilson leading the Seahawks to a Super Bowl title last season in only his second year in the league.
The Seahawks, though, suddenly have lots of competition behind Wilson after making a trade Monday that surprised many around the NFL. Seattle acquired one-time Ohio State phenom Terrelle Pryor from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for its seventh-round choice in the upcoming NFL draft, which is the 247th selection overall.
Seattle seemed set at quarterback last month after re-signing veteran Tarvaris Jackson, the team’s starter in 2011 and backup in 2013.
But Seattle general manager John Schneider indicated in a quote released by the team that Pryor’s talents and potential were simply too much to ignore when he became available.
“Terrelle is an incredibly explosive athlete and we’re excited for him to come in and compete,” Schneider said.
It’s also possible the Seahawks will try the 6-foot-4, 233-pounder at receiver or tight end — he caught one pass for 22 yards with the Raiders in 2012. Seattle also has B.J. Daniels on its roster at quarterback and the Seahawks have at times toyed with using him as a receiver, as well, showing its willingness to try quarterbacks in different roles.
Pryor, 24, started nine games for the Raiders in 2013, his third season with the team. But he never really grabbed hold of the job, completing 57 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards while throwing seven touchdowns compared with 11 interceptions. The Raiders were just 3-6 in his starts.
Pryor also played against Seattle in an exhibition game last August, going 3 for 8 for 31 yards and an interception and running three times for 48 yards in a 22-6 Seahawks’ victory at CenturyLink Field.
Pryor came to the Raiders in 2011 in a cloud of controversy due to his role in a scandal at Ohio State that cost coach Jim Tressel his job.