Terrelle Pryor a QB first, Seahawks GM says

Staff writerMay 1, 2014 

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Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin closes in on a sack of Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor during a 2012 preseason game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Pryor is now with the Seahawks.

TONY OVERMAN — Staff photographer file, 2012 Buy Photo

— Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider allowed himself to wonder.

He listed the intriguing physical attributes of recently acquired Terrelle Pryor, who is 6 feet 4, 235 pounds and fast, running the 40-yard dash in roughly 4.4 seconds.

Pryor has played quarterback since high school. As a pro, the former Ohio State quarterback has struggled at the position, throwing nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions, in addition to fumbling seven times. That leaves Pryor’s greatest weakness — turning the ball over — head coach Pete Carroll’s greatest concern.

So, is Pryor a quarterback in the Seahawks’ eyes? Or is he an athlete who could be plugged in elsewhere?

“He’s coming in as a quarterback,” Schneider said Wednesday. “The fantasy football guy in me, is like, yeah. If (former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback) Kordell Stewart can do it? Phenomenal athlete. I always joke with Pete about that, is this fantasy football?”

It’s not, and part of reality was Seattle would not have been able to acquire Pryor on waivers. As the Super Bowl champion, the Seahawks would have been last in the waiver line. Pryor would not have passed through the entire league without being claimed.

So, Schneider – old friends with Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie from their time together with the Green Bay Packers – was comfortable sending a seventh-round pick in this year’s draft to Oakland for Pryor.

The Seahawks have carried three active quarterbacks on the roster at times. Russell Wilson remains the starter. Seattle re-signed backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the offseason to a guaranteed one-year deal. It also re-signed quarterback B.J. Daniels, who was claimed off waivers last season from the San Francisco 49ers. Daniels (5-11, 220) is smaller than Pryor, but has also been viewed as an option at other positions. The 49ers occasionally used him as a running back in the preseason last year.

IRELAND AROUND FOR DRAFT

The Seahawks hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a draft consultant. Like McKenzie, Ireland has a past relationship with Schneider. The two worked together in Kansas City and they remained friends after each took over management positions. With Ireland joining the Seahawks, their conversations have shifted into honesty.

“We were talking the other night, we were openly talking about players,” Schneider said. “For the last 15 years, we’ve been like, ‘Do you like this guy? Kind of. You? Kind of.’ It’s actually really fun and refreshing.”

Though Ireland might only be around until the draft, he is an experienced voice the Seahawks will use during the May 8-10 draft. He came through the NFL ranks as a scout, was scouting this past fall and has been in recent draft meetings with Seattle.

Schneider is also unsure how the Seahawks will replace senior personnel executive Scot McCloughan, who resigned last week because of personal reasons. He oversaw countrywide scouting.

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John Clayton of ESPN had reported that strong safety Kam Chancellor will have hip surgery during the offseason. Left tackle Russell Okung was photographed after the season with a walking boot on his left foot while at the Oklahoma State football spring game.

Asked if either had surgery, Schneider chose not to comment, saying he did not feel it was the appropriate time.

EXTRA POINTS

Cornerback Tharold Simon (toe) and wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) are both expected to be ready for the season and likely training camp. … Schneider said vice president of football operations Matt Thomas was primarily responsible for negotiating Earl Thomas’ contract. … Defensive tackle Jesse Williams (knee), a fifth-round pick who was on injured reserve all last season is “fine,” according to Schneider. He also said defensive end Greg Scruggs (knee) was almost good to return last season, so he will be ready this fall. … Schneider said Michael Bowie will be “first up” to replace Breno Giacomini (who signed with the New York Jets) at right tackle.

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