Should Terrelle Pryor be on Bills' radar?

March, 25, 2014
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One of the hot topics that has emerged from this week's NFL owners meetings in Orlando has been the future of Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

The Raiders traded for Matt Schaub last week, putting Pryor's future with the team in doubt. General manager Reggie McKenzie said Monday that he has informed Pryor that he isn't in contention to start, so Pryor could be traded or released soon, according to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News.

What could make Pryor attractive to the Buffalo Bills, in either scenario, is his speed. Pryor ran a 4.38 40-yard dash prior to being drafted in 2011. In 11 games last season (including nine starts), Pryor ran 83 times for 576 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bills' current regime has valued mobility and running ability in their quarterbacks. When injuries hit the position last season, the Bills traded for a mobile quarterback (Thad Lewis) and later worked out two free-agent quarterbacks (Dennis Dixon and Pat White) with running ability. Dixon later joined the practice squad and is on the offseason roster.

As a passer, though, Pryor has struggled. He completed 57.4 percent of his passes last season, throwing seven touchdowns, 11 interceptions, and finishing with a 69.1 passer rating.

Pryor wouldn't immediately be in contention to start in Buffalo, as the Bills have already told EJ Manuel he's their starter entering next season. However, Pryor faces long odds to start elsewhere and the Bills could provide him with a chance to see the field, as Manuel has struggled with injuries early in his Bills career.

General manager Doug Whaley told WGR 550 on Mar. 14 that there were no plans to add a veteran quarterback at that time, but the team would "keep all options open." While a trade for Pryor remains a long shot, Buffalo shouldn't be discounted as a possible landing shot if Pryor is released.

The Bills recently passed on signing the best mobile quarterback on the market, Michael Vick, who signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the New York Jets last week.

Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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