The Cincinnati Bengals waived quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Thursday, the last day of their offseason program, and now the former Jeannette and Ohio State product will be looking for a fifth team to take a chance on him.
As you can imagine, a few fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers are wondering if the team will be willing to take a chance on the former third-round supplemental draft pick of the Oakland Raiders being as head coach Mike Tomlin has showed interest in him in the past.
As the story goes, Tomlin had interest in selecting Pryor in the 2011 supplemental draft, but the quarterback decided that wouldn’t be a wise decision.
“Mike said, ‘Hey, I’ll draft you if you want to play here,’” Pryor said. “But he gave me a story about when he was down in Tampa Bay about a quarterback (Shaun King) that was there, and he ended up being in the same hometown. It was just hard for him; he ended up cutting out because of all the distractions.”
If the Steelers were to take a chance on Pryor it would likely be as a slash-player. In fact, his agent Drew Rosenhaus is now informing teams that his client is changing positions to receiver, according to Pro Football Talk.
At his 2011 Pro Day workout, Pryor, who measured in at 6044, 240 pounds, reportedly ran a 4.36 40-yard dash time, which would have been the fourth-fastest at the combine that year.
The Steelers, however, already have two slash players on their 90-man roster in the undrafted Tyler Murphy and Devin Gardner. Additionally, they have four true quarterbacks under contract as Landry Jones and Tajh Boyd have been doing battle this offseason behind Ben Roethlisberger and Bruce Gradkowski.
Personally, I’d be surprised if the Steelers take a chance a Pryor this late in the offseason, but I suppose you can’t entirely rule out the possibility of it happening.