The Oakland Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie surprised and impressed me today. On the day when most expected quarterback Terrelle Pryor to be cut from the team, the Raiders were able to pull off a last minute trade, sending Pryor to the Seahawks, reportedly for a 7th round pick.
Seahawks surrendered a 7th-round pick for QB Terrelle Pryor, per league source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 22, 2014
What is interesting is the report that the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks were both interested in trading for Pryor and Seattle won out. It is not surprising the two NFC rivals would be bidding against each other. What is surprising is if the Raiders only got a 7th rounder with two teams bidding. Not much less valuable to trade with than a 7th rounder. Perhaps the Niners were offering a disgruntled running back named LaMichael James? Or maybe it was a 7th round pick in 2015?
Who knows how it all went down. What I do know is that getting anything for Pryor is a coup by McKenzie. Both Pryor and the Raiders made it public knowledge that the relationship between the two needed to come to an end. Given that fact, the only thing teams were trading for was the right to jump ahead of the waiver wire. Makes sense since the Niners and Seahawks would both be on the back end of the waiver wire.
At the end of the day, a 7th round pick from he Seahawks isn’t worth much more than getting first dibs on an undrafted free agent, but it is still more than I thought they would get for him when the day started.