Terrelle Pryor is a solid young quarterback that is developing quite nicely this season, but the Oakland Raiders should sign free agent QB Josh Freeman. He was released by the Tampa Bay Bucs on Thursday.
Freeman is a 5 year veteran in the League and is still just 25 years old. The former #17 overall pick in the 2009 NFL draft had his best season in 2010, his sophomore season, when he completed 61.4% of his passes for 215.7 yards per game, 7.3 yards per attempt, 25 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. Most importantly, he was crucial in the Bucs ending up 10-6 and competing for a wild card spot in the playoffs.
However, the last 2-plus seasons he has completed just 57.8% of his passes for 242ypg, 6.4 ypa, 45 TD’s and 42 INT’s. It seems like it was time for Josh and the Bucs to part ways. So, the talent is there, but his public spat with the Bucs and head coach Greg Schiano led them to a messy public relationship and ultimately, a divorce in a nasty manner. Both parties were to blame in the dispute, but the NFL is all about second chances and he’d find a perfect spot with Oakland. The Raiders have a long history of being a landing spot for troubled players and rejuvenating their careers.
On Wednesday, Matt Flynn was demoted to 3rd string and free agent rookie QB Matt McGloin was elevated to the backup position. McGloin signed after the 2013 NFL draft and was fairly impressive in the preseason games he played in, but he’s not a player they want to count on in case of an injury to Pryor. Pryor is returning this weekend from a concussion last week against the Redskins when he left late in the game.
If Pryor doesn’t continue to show improvement the rest of the season the team can turn to Freeman to see if he can be the future QB and they can re-sign him in the offseason. It’s a win-win situation for all parties involved and at worst, they upgraded their backup QB.
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