It is no secret the Oakland Raiders are searching for a third quarterback.
The team has already met with both Seneca Wallace and Vince Young this offseason and all signs point to the Silver and Black signing one of them. However, Oakland would be making a big mistake and send the wrong message with this move.
I am not trying to say Oakland does not need a third quarterback because they certainly do. However, what message does signing a veteran quarterback say about their faith in Terrelle Pryor. The young quarterback may not be ready to start, but he has more than proven himself as a capable backup quarterback. By signing a guy like Wallace or Young, it almost demotes Pryor to third-string by default, which is never good for his young confidence.
The other issue is whether Young will be able to start in the NFL again. People will always question his mental health, but I’d be more concerned about his productivity level. He is injury prone as a mobile quarterback and it seems like his best years are behind him. One could argue Pryor is just a younger and better version of Young, which would make signing Young almost useless.
However, the real reason the Raiders should not sign a quarterback is that it will just be too expensive. There are plenty of quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft who Oakland can take in the sixth or seventh round and sign for cheaper deals.
The most intriguing name on the board is Sean Renfree out of Duke, the latest David Cutcliffe product. Renfree had four years with the same man who tutored Eli and Peyton Manning, and would be a higher pick if his shoulder wasn’t injured. He is the perfect quarterback for Oakland because he is smart and willing to learn, two attributes a quarterback should have in the NFL.
Oakland will most likely sign Young or another veteran quarterback in the next couple of days, but that will be a mistake. Oakland needs good young talent — not washed-out backups.