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'Pushing the envelope,' Seahawks want to develop Pryor as a QB

Terrelle Pryor looks for a receiver against the New York Jets on Dec. 8, 2013
Terrelle Pryor looks for a receiver against the New York Jets on Dec. 8, 2013
Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the acquisition of quarterback Terrelle Pryor from Oakland was just another example of the Seahawks “pushing the envelope any way we possibly can and always trying to improve competitively at every position, and we saw this as an opportunity to do that."

“We can’t expect our players to be out competing in the offseason and having a championship offseason if we're not doing the same," Schneider told Sirius XM NFL radio Tuesday. "There is absolutely no room for complacency in any department."

He said they saw a chance to add a unique athlete and knew they had to trade for Pryor (cost a seventh-round pick) if they wanted him because "if he was released there was no way we would have an opportunity to claim him” at the No. 32 spot on the priority list (which shadows the draft order).

Pryor, who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 233 pounds and has run a sub-4.4 40-yard dash, is "a rare athlete," Schneider said. "We are excited about his upside and the type of athlete he is."

Schneider said the Seahawks want to try to develop Pryor's quarterback skills. He fits the team's preferred profile of a mobile quarterback who can play the scramble game and run the read option.

"When he's flushed, he does some real nice things obviously," the GM said. "The read option stuff speaks for itself with him. With his ability to move in the pocket and keep his eyes downfield, those are the things that our coaches look forward to working with him on -- being able to go through his progression and become a little bit more polished as a pocket passer."

What about moving Pryor to tight end or some other position where he might be able to help more immediately?

“We haven’t had those conversations," Schneider said. "But if there was ever an athlete that would be able to play a Slash role, it would be this kind of player. … But that may be a little bit fantasy football at this time of the year. He’s a quarterback; he's been a quarterback."

He just hasn't been a very good quarterback (3-7 as a starter, 56.3 percent completions, nine touchdown passes, 12 intercepions).

But, hey, everyone fails in Oakland's Black Hole. The Hawks apparently think they can make Pryor better and were willing to take a cheap flyer on him.

"He's a very talented athlete," Schneider said. "We can't wait to put our hands on him and have our staff spend some time with him."