I re-learned two things today when the Seahawk acquired Terrelle Pryor — you can read our nuts-and-bolts story on the trade here.
1, Stop jogging during business hours. For the second time in about a week, I tried to sneak out for a little late-afternoon run, leaving my phone behind, only to come back to find out the team had made a significant move. Last week, it was re-signing Sidney Rice. Today, Pryor. So that’ll be me running at midnight the rest of the year, I guess.
2, Don’t ever rule out anything when it comes to the Seahawks. This, of course, is the much more relevant lesson, to simply never be surprised by any move the Seahawks might make. They didn’t get to this point by doing the conventional thing, and they apparently don’t plan to change now that they are at the top.
Another quarterback hardly seems like a need for Seattle with Russell Wilson and Tarvaris Jackson back as his more-than-capable backup. But Seattle saw a chance to get an intriguing athlete at a low cost and took the leap.
It seemed telling that John Schneider’s statement mentioned that Pryor is an “explosive athlete” but said nothing about his quarterbacking. Maybe they’ll try the 6-4, 233-pounder at receiver, or maybe even tight end. I saw some Twitter speculation that maybe he could be a Red Zone QB specialist due to his running, though I’d be shocked if they ever did anything to willingly take Wilson off the field.
Maybe it was just a spur-of-the-moment hunch to make a low-cost move — dealing a 7th-round pick, No. 247 overall — for a player who might have some real untapped potential if put in the right situation. Recall he was reportedly once clocked in 4.33 seconds in the 40 while at Ohio State, where he he initially looked like a player with a limitless future. Whatever Oakland’s situation is right now, right hardly seems the word.
And if nothing else, it’ll make the pre-season games a lot more interesting next year.
It was roughly a year ago at this time Seattle signed another former big-name college QB with middling pro success, Brady Quinn. At that time, Jackson was in Buffalo, and the Seahawks envisioned Quinn as the backup. A little while later, Jackson was cut and quickly re-signed with the Seahawks. Many figured the Seahawks would immediately release Quinn. Instead, they held onto him during the pre-season, which if nothing else forced Jackson to earn the QB job by playing almost flawlessly.
The Seahawks may have just won the Super Bowl. But this kind of move shows that the team is hardly content to just let it rest there. Always Compete, we learn again, is more than just a slogan.