The Oakland to Seattle quarterback pipeline remains open.
A year after Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie – former front-office mates in Green Bay – collaborated on a deal that sent Matt Flynn from Seattle to Oakland, they flipped the script and sent a QB the other way Monday.
The deal for supreme athlete/subpar QB Terrelle Pryor means the teams basically flipped backup QBs over the past year, with Seattle getting Oakland's fifth-round pick this year and Oakland getting Seattle's seventh for Pryor, who was the odd man out once the Raiders acquired Matt Schaub.
This is the third straight April the Hawks have created some QB drama.
In 2012, of course, they made everyone take notice when they surprisingly drafted Russell Wilson in the third round. Everyone is thanking Schneider for that stroke of genius now – even if the Hawks were very clumsy in the way they conducted their three-man QB battle among Wilson, Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson that summer. They ended up trading Jackson to Buffalo.
Last April, the Hawks dealt Flynn to Oakland and then held a four-man tryout to find a replacement. They chose Brady Quinn over Seneca Wallace, Tyler Thigpen and Matt Leinart.
Two months later, Jackson returned to the team after being cut by Buffalo, and he ended up beating out Quinn for the backup job.
Meanwhile, in Oakland, Flynn couldn't stay on the field and lost his gig to Pryor before getting cut. And now Pryor has basically taken Flynn's spot in Seattle – although the pecking order is very clear at this point: Wilson is the starter and Jackson is the backup.
The question is: What do the Seahawks intend to do with Pryor?
“Terrelle is an incredibly explosive athlete and we’re excited for him to come in and compete," Schneider said in a prepared statement released by the team.
Schneider made no mention of where Pryor will compete, although he reportedly will remain at quarterback.
Will they let him battle Jackson for the backup QB spot? If so, it's very likely he would lose to the veteran who has been in Darrell Bevell's offense for years.
Jackson's $1.25 million in compensation is guaranteed as well, although the Hawks don't care about that – if Pryor was good enough to beat him out, they would let it happen.
More likely, Pryor will fight B.J. Daniels for the third-string spot and get a chance to improve enough and learn enough to fight for the second-string spot next year – if he chooses to re-sign with the Hawks.
It also is possible the Hawks plan to convert the talented athlete to tight end and have him catch passes rather than throw them.
Pryor is very raw as a quarterback and does not seem to have great ability to play the position in the NFL. But he is an amazing athlete: At 6 feet 4 and 240, he reportedly has run a 4.32 40-yard dash.
He has always professed a desire to remain at quarterback, and it's possible the Hawks will let him stay there – learning behind Wilson and Jackson. He certainly would fit well into the read option.
Pete Carroll and Schneider have not kept three quarterbacks in any of their four seasons, although Josh Portis and Daniels have been on the practice squad. Daniels worked at other positions in practice last year.
Whether or not Pryor is willing to contribute at other spots, this could be the first year they consider keeping a third QB on the 53-man roster.
Pryor's contract expires in 2015, so there is a good chance this is a one-year flyer – if he even makes the team. But there also is the chance that he develops into a player the Hawks could keep – either as a possible backup QB or as a utility player.