It seems like the Oakland Raiders are always involved in some crazy scheme and this off-season is no different. Just days after the Philadelphia Eagles hired former Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly, rumors have surfaced that Kelly is interested in trading for Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor. We said it was crazy.
Everyone keeps saying that Pryor “showed some promise” in his lone start in Week 17 of last season, a 24-21 loss to the San Diego Chargers in which he threw for 150 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while rushing for 49 yards and another score. It’s safe to say that pretty much anyone can throw for 150 yards against the Chargers’ 18th-ranked passing defense that gave up an average of 230 yards per game in 2012, so this isn’t some Hall-of-Fame-career-forecasting event.
Still, there’s a lot of speculation that Pryor could fit the spread option super fast offense Kelly is hoping to take from Oregon and employ in Philadelphia. Pryor put up some pretty good numbers while at Ohio State while running a lot of the option and it’s worked for Robert Griffin III and Colin Kaepernick, so why not? I’d never do it, but Kelly has a lot more guts than I do and he’s the one with the new five-year, $32.5 million deal.
If the Eagles do bring in Pryor, that will definitely be the end of Michael Vick‘s tenure there and it will put Nick Foles‘ future in jeopardy as well. It will also open up the doors for the Raiders to take a quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft if they don’t take a flyer on a second-day pick this year (I don’t advise that). Pryor in Philly? Stranger things have happened, especially when the rumor involves the Raiders.