If reports are true, the Oakland Raiders are supposed to cut quarterback Terrelle Pryor before the beginning of offseason workouts on Tuesday. Which of course means that today could be the final day of Pyror’s tenure with the Silver and Black. But is cutting Pryor now such a good idea for the Raiders?
According to the reports, the Raiders do not want Pryor on the team by the start of offseason workouts. Typically, if a team insists on ridding itself of a player before offseason workouts it is because there is a fear that the player may hurt himself and the team would be stuck with paying their salary (think Steve McNair).
But with Pryor, this does not make a ton of sense. Sure, he could injure himself and the Raiders would likely be liable for his salary. But with a base salary of just over $700,000 the Raiders would not be risking a lot. They have plenty of cap space to take the hit as they currently have more than enough money to sign their draft picks and still have spare change to sign a free agent or two who gets cut from their team.
With the draft only a few weeks away, it is surprising that the Raiders do not simply hang on to Pryor for a little longer in the hope of getting value for him in a draft day trade. While there is not much interest in Pryor right now, things could change depending on how the draft plays out. There may be teams who do not have interest in Pryor because they plan on taking a project quarterback in a mid round this year. But if one of those teams were to miss out on the chance to draft their guy, they could turn around and trade a late round pick for a project already in the league like Pryor.
Unless Pryor has become such a cancer that the coaching staff and front office is concerned about his impact on the other players, it is rather surprising that general manager Reggie McKenzie appears to be ready to cut Pryor loose before doing everything he can to land a pick in exchange for him. Of course, there is no guarantee that the Raiders would be able to get any value for Pryor, but there is also not a whole lot of risk to keeping him around to find out.