And the award for NFL General Manager of the Year goes to… Reggie McKenzie of the Oakland Raiders, for his role in trading subpar quarterback Terrelle Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2014 seventh-round pick.
On Monday, McKenzie and the Raiders pulled off an unlikely deal to ship the former supplemental draft pick to the Seahawks, effectively bringing the Pryor project to a long-overdue end. The craziest part is that the Raiders actually managed to get something in return for Pryor, who was destined to be waived by the end of the day had a trade not materialized.
The Seahawks likely could have drafted a better quarterback prospect with the seventh-round pick they parted ways with, but instead get an extremely raw passer in Pryor. The Ohio State product showed some promise last season with the Raiders before flaming out and falling out of favor in Oakland. He was eventually replaced by undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, and never managed to get back in the coaching staff’s good graces.
Seattle wouldn’t have been able to get Pryor and his $705,000 salary off of waivers, so trading for him was the only option.
Now with the Seahawks, Pryor will battle with B.J. Daniels for the No. 3 quarterback spot. With Russell Wilson entrenched as the starter and Tarvaris Jackson a near lock for backup duties, Pryor will have to show significant promise this upcoming preseason just to make the 53-man roster.
Unless they plan on running some wildcat this season, the Seahawks likely wasted a seventh-round pick. Meanwhile, the Raiders pulled off one of the biggest steals of the offseason. It makes McKenzie look like much more of a competent GM than he’s shown since taking over in 2012.
The Seahawks have always had a nose for value. This latest move, however, isn’t the classic John Schneider were used to. It’s a head-scratcher, but I’m inclined to give Seattle the benefit of the doubt. We’ll see what happens in the next few months.