Riders add another high-profile NFL player to their neg list

Former NFL quarterback and receiver Terrelle Pryor has been added to the Saskatchewan Roughriders negotiation list.

The 29-year-old becomes the latest high-profile NFL player to draw the interest of vice-president of football operations Chris Jones, who also signed running back Trent Richardson and quarterback Vince Young during his tenure in Riderville.

Pryor, a top high school recruit from southwestern Pennsylvania, was the starting quarterback for Ohio State from 2008-10 and became one of college football’s most exciting players. He threw for 6,177 yards and 57 touchdowns and ran for 2,164 yards and 17 scores in three seasons with the Buckeyes. But Pryor withdrew from Ohio State in June 2011 after a memorabilia-for-cash-and-tattoos scandal that resulted in a five-game suspension and ultimately led to coach Jim Tressel’s resignation. Two months later, Pryor was selected by Oakland in the NFL supplemental draft.

He played in just four games during his first two seasons with the Raiders, including one start at quarterback. Pryor started nine games in 2013 with shaky results, throwing for two TDs and 11 interceptions before being benched in favour of Matt McGloin following a sprained knee ligament earlier in the season.

Pryor was traded to Seattle before the 2014 NFL draft, but was among the Seahawks’ final cuts. He sat out the entire season despite having workouts with several teams. Kansas City signed him in January 2015, but then released him five months later. Pryor briefly joined Cincinnati but was again cut — and then announced that he would be willing to play wide receiver on a full-time basis.

Cleveland claimed Pryor off waivers and he played in three games for the Browns, who named him a starter at wide receiver the following season. In 2016, he had a breakout year with 77 catches for 1,007 yards and four touchdowns which he parlayed into a one-year, $6 million deal with Washington. But he struggled with an ankle issue and finished the year on injured reserve after posting just 20 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown.

He signed with the New York Jets in March but was released last week after suffering a groin injury. Pryor has 14 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns this season and is apparently drawing interest from other NFL teams.

– with files from AP

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