Raiders traded QB Terrelle Pryor to Seahawks, as @ProFootballTalk reported.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 22, 2014
The Steelers were on hand to watch Terrelle Pryor's workout when he declared himself eligible for the Supplemental Draft in 2011.
Whether they submitted a pick lower than the third round - where the Raiders ultimately selected the Ohio State quarterback - may never be publicly known. The fact is, though, the Steelers can get him for a lot less than a third round pick now.
The Raiders are expected to release Pryor at some point today, exposing him to waivers on the final year of his rookie contract (worth $705,000). The Steelers selected Oklahoma QB Landry Jones with a fourth round pick last year, but considering Pryor's upside as a scrambler - he put an NFL-record 93-yard run on the Steelers in Oakland's Week 8 win over Pittsburgh last year - he could add a simple dimension in an injury situation for the Steelers.
He can't throw at a level commensurate with a successful NFL quarterback, but at 24 years of age, it may simply be a situation in which the Steelers can get a younger player with starting experience who brings a skill neither Jones nor back-up Bruce Gradkowski have.
More importantly, he can be had on the cheap. If the Steelers were to make a roster move to clear up the salary cap space needed, they could essentially get him for a year to see what they may have in the Pittsburgh-area product.
It may be too much to even grab him off waivers, and instead, roll the dice that he won't be signed until after the draft - a very reasonable prediction, considering many teams will want to see how a turbulent quarterback market shakes out before signing a project like Pryor. Plus, any rookie drafted will have a four-year contract, not a one-year deal like Pryor currently has.
Gradkowski is a Pittsburgh product who once beat the Steelers while playing for the Raiders. Pryor is a 6-foot-6 extremely fast and considerably more athletic version of Gradkowski. He's also much younger. He may be a better third quarterback option than Jones.