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ORLANDO, Fla. – Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor has expressed a desire to be released or traded via his agent, general manager Reggie McKenzie said in a Monday interview at the NFL owners meetings.
McKenzie said he and Pryor will meet in the coming days to discuss the athletic passer's future.
Pryor asked for his trade or release during the Senior Bowl in late January, according to an NFL source.
“Terrelle wants to start so bad,” McKenzie said. “I’ll sit down and visit with him. We’ll talk and move on from there. We’ll see in the next week or so how he feels about his future. But I know he wants to start. That’s what he wants to do.”
That’s virtually impossible in Oakland. The Raiders traded for veteran Matt Schaub, whom Dennis Allen already proclaimed the 2014 start. Both Allen and McKenzie said Schaub could hold that post for multiple years.
Matt McGloin seems entrenched as his backup and the team could add another quarterback in the NFL draft. Pryor, it seems, is way down on the priority list.
The Raiders got a good look at Pryor in a starting role last season. He started nine games and completed 57.4 percent of his passes for 1,798 yards, seven touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also ran 83 times for 576 yards and two touchdowns.
Pryor was often hesitant in his decision making and was eventually benched in favor of McGloin after recovering from a knee sprain. Pryor was inserted during some McGloin’s games, and struggled in one final start against Denver to end the season.
The Raiders have made no secret of their desire to upgrade at quarterback this offseason. They’ve done so with a bold move to acquire Schaub, and it doesn’t seem like Pryor is in their future plans.
“I would go as far as to say that (he’s expendable),” head coach Dennis Allen said Sunday, before Pryor’s request became public. “Listen, this is a business and we’re going to do whatever we need to do to try and help the team.”
A source indicated that Pryor was unhappy long before the Raiders acquired Schaub, as the Raiders made no secret about bringing in more passers. Importing a presumptive starter could’ve made his dissatisfaction worse.
“Anytime you sign a veteran player like Schaub, for a guy (like Pryor who) really wants to start, it’s going to hit him,” McKenzie said. “That’s what I want to talk to him about.”