By Steve Corkran
Thursday, August 25th, 2011 at 6:10 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Terrelle Pryor has joined the Raiders and is expected to sign a four-year contract before night’s end, as expected. Once he does so, he would be eligible to practice Friday in Napa.
The Raiders selected Pryor on Monday in the third round of the supplemental draft. That means the Raiders forfeit their third-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. They already were without their 2012 second-rounder as part of a trade with the New England Patriots in April, as well as their 2012 fourth-rounder because of the 2010 trade for quarterback Jason Campbell.
Raiders senior executive John Herrera said the Raiders are confident that the Raiders will recoup some of those picks because of the loss of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, guard Robert Gallery and tight end Zach Miller, among others, through free agency. Compensatory picks are awarded based on a net loss of free agents.
As for Pryor, Herrera said: “Terrelle is in town, and we do expect he will sign a contract later tonight.”
Pryor is facing a five-game suspension for his role in one or more violations that occured at Ohio State when he was their quarterback.
However, he is allowed to practice and participate in Oakland’s final two exhibition games before the suspension takes effect. Pryor’s agen, Drew Rosenhaus, told ESPN that Pryor won’t appeal his suspension.
The Raiders are off today and don’t practice again until Friday. It remains to be seen whether Pryor will take part in the practice or be made available to the media.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson said Wednesday that Pryor will be accessible as soon as possible.
“He’ll be here soon, and we’ll get him going,” Jackson said. “We’re not hiding him, I guarantee you that. He’s ours. There’s some protocol we have to follow to make sure that we do everything the right way before we get him here.”