The Raiders had a day off of practice Thursday and, not coincidentally, signed the recently drafted Terrelle Pryor to a contract on the same day. The deal is for 4 years, $2.7 million with a $586,000 signing bonus.
The Raiders chose Pryor with the 18th pick in the third round of the supplemental draft on Monday and it was initially expected he would be in camp on Tuesday. But his arrival was delayed by contract negotiations. Or so we were told.
It is more than a coincidence that he was signed on the day off, and the Raiders have just one training camp practice left before breaking camp. Signing him on a day off limits the amount of initial questions and probing about their newest prospect. After the final camp practice, all following practices are closed to the media.
There was no rush to get him into the fold because he won't be available to the team until week six of the season anyway. This way the team can evaluate him without the prying eyes of the media as well as the large contingency of fans who have attended practice the last few days. This way the Raiders can get a better idea of how they want to use him without criticism of his every move.
His role initially will be that of a "secret" weapon. Not that he is a big secret but how the Raiders will utilize his athletic abilities remains to be seen. And they would prefer to keep it that way.
Pryor will have one week of practice before being eligible to play in the final preseason game. He will have just two weeks of practice before his five game suspension begins and he is not allowed to practice.
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Im also excited to see how we develop a mobile QB ... the last one I can remember us having was Tui ... didnt work out so well ... and most of the others have been statues .... Walter etc
We just signed a 1st rd talent ... its either very late or extremely early ... depending how you look at it ! ... the very fact that people are even bothering to debate the Newton v Pryor question, just shows you what great value we have here.
That said, we do NOT have a great record of developing QB talent (Flores/Stabler ... then bust) ... and wearing No6 would bring back some painful memories in that regard, for those of us who are a little longer in the tooth ...
he's going to be a beast, its just a matter of time... it all comes down to how much work he puts in. i believe he will become a student of the game and prove everyone wrong. he wants to prove he's better than Cam Newton. that's the feeling i get anyway.
@oaklandraider I look at it as a guy that would have come out next year so we get to have Hue and Saunders mentor him and get him used to playing QB in a pro offense instead of running a spread in college. Plus he'd be a first rounder next year- probobly second QB taken after luck and we got him in the third for only 2.7 mil. If it was any other team ESPN would be calling the steal of a lifetime.
You said it Darkkush..."it all comes down to how much work he puts in." Hopefully he is a hard worker and doesn't have a big ego. If so, maybe his college mistakes and lower than average NFL payday have humbles him a little.
You are so right about the ESPN thing ... and I think it is a steal ! @DylanAlexander
@OregonRaider Everything I've read says he's a hard worker and he has to work if he wants to get pain. JRuss got his money right out of the draft, got fat and lazy- Pryor has to earn his. I'm really excited about this kid, he may be our starter next year.