A FOX Sports report Monday said that quarterback Terrelle Pryor asked for a trade on the heels of the Raiders acquiring veteran Matt Schaub via trade.
That’s understandable given Raiders coach Dennis Allen made it abundantly clear that Schaub is the unquestioned starter next season.
Also, Pryor is entering his final season under contract to the Raiders. On Monday, Bay Area News Group columnist Tim Kawakami tracked down Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., and McKenzie gave his take on Pryor’s future.
“Terrelle wants to start so bad, so we’re going to … I’ll visit with him, and we’ll talk to him and we’ll move on from there,” McKenzie said. “So we’ll see in the next week or so how he feels about his future and just starting. That’s what he wants to do. So I’m going to talk to him.”
When asked if it is accurate that Pryor seems on the way out, McKenzie said:
“Anytime when you sign a veteran player like that, a guy that really wants to start, it’s going to hit him. So that’s what I want to talk to him about.”
The FOX report said Pryor informed his agent to go about getting the permission to seek a trade. McKenzie said those talks have been limited to Pryor and his agent so far.
“He hasn’t talked to me about it,” McKenzie said.
Pryor, of course, beat out Matt Flynn during training camp last season for the starting job. He started nine games and played well enough for the the Raiders to jettison Flynn after only one start — in place of an injured Pryor — and finish the season with Pryor and undrafted rookie Matt McGloin taking turns auditioning for the long-term job.
McGloin started six games, Pryor nine. That apparently was enough for McKenzie, Allen and others part of the decision-making process to glean that neither was seasoned enough to be the starter going forward.
As of now, the Raiders have Schaub, Pryor, McGloin and Trent Edwards on their roster. McKenzie on Monday didn’t rule out the possibility of adding another quarterback in the NFL draft in May.
In a perfect world for the Raiders, they get at least a sixth-round draft pick in a trade of Pryor because that’s what they gave up for Schaub. In reality, Pryor doesn’t have much trade value as a quarterback.
In other news:
1. McKenzie didn’t respond when asked if he has any interest in signing veteran offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who got suspended last season for his alleged role in bullying fellow Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.
2. Offensive tackle Jared Veldheer is the one that made the ultimate decision to sever his relationship with the Raiders after four seasons.
“I didn’t let Veldheer go,” McKenzie said. “I really wanted to keep him. Really did. But it was his decision to go.”
3. McKenzie refused to divulge whether the Raiders are interested in veteran wide receive DeSean Jackson via trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. He also declined to say whether he has called the Eagles about Jackson.
He did say that Jackson’s $10.5 million salary for 2014 is not a sticking point, if it reaches the point where the Raiders go after Jackson.
“As long as he’s a really good player that we think is really going to elevate our team,” McKenzie said. “I mean, big money, name is not the major issue. It’s what else he can bring to the table. Production is going to be a lot; but there’s many other characteristics that fall into that.”