One of the biggest points of intrigue surrounding the Seahawks’ 53-man roster is settled: The Seahawks will release quarterback Terrelle Pryor, according to a league source.
The Seahawks must trim their roster to 53 players by 1 p.m. on Saturday. A team official declined comment on Pryor’s status.
Pryor, 25, had become a flashpoint since the Seahawks sent a seventh-round pick to Oakland this offseason to acquire him. His potential — he’s 6 foot 4 and is a fast and fluid runner — has always been tantalizing. But the decision to release him, in the end, came down to this: The Seahawks didn’t see enough in Pryor this preseason to warrant using a valuable roster spot on him. It was a reason that was compounded by the fact that he was only under contract for this coming season and the Seahawks have usually opted to keep just two quarterbacks under general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll.
Profootballtalk.com first reported the news.
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Pryor’s speed, his ability to take off and make things happen in the open field interested Carroll, who thinks there’s nothing harder to defend than a mobile quarterback. Pryor showed off that skillset at times during preseason games and at practices. He completed 11 of 17 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in Thursday’s preseason finale against Oakland, and he piled up 59 rushing yards on three carries against the Chargers.
But it was clear that Pryor hadn’t outplayed veteran backup Tarvaris Jackson this preseason. He completed just 54 percent of his passes this preseason, and in limited duty against the Bears last week he missed an open throw on the run and threw an ugly interception in which he chucked the ball up for grabs. They were exactly the type of plays he needed to avoid to make the Seahawks.
When asked to judge his performance this preseason after Friday’s game in Oakland, Pryor didn’t commit one way or the other.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I was pretty (upset) about last week and having that stupid interception. That was a fluke being off the bench and not being in the game for so long. I don’t play football like that. It’s not really my decision to really say how I played. I’m sure you guys will talk to Pete and you can ask them.”
The Seahawks are set with starting quarterback Russell Wilson, and Jackson is a suitable backup who is familiar with the offense and the Seahawks’ personnel. That leaves second-year quarterback B.J. Daniels, who spent most of last year on the practice squad and is likely headed there again.
The Seahawks saw Pryor’s potential and viewed him as a risk worth giving up a seventh-round pick for. But that experiment apparently didn’t pan out, and Pryor’s time in Seattle is ending.