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Cincinnati Bengals sign former Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor

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The Cincinnati Bengals seemed like they were completely set at the quarterback position.

The Bengals only last year signed their starting QB Andy Dalton to a multi-year deal worth over $100 million dollars, despite his notorious struggled in the off-season. Cincy also spent a 5th round pick on NCAA Championship winning play caller A.J. McCarron in 2014 and Josh Johnson who is in his second spell with the Bengals.

So that's a bonafide starter, a young prospect, and a veteran backup all in place in Cincinnati, pretty much the perfect setup. However, Marvin Lewis has just thrown a wildcard into the system.

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Pryor in Cincy

According to a report from, the Bengals have made the surprising move to sign former Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Pryor had been in attendance at the Bengals rookie minicamp where he received a tryout. The former Ohio State star obviously impressed enough to be offered a chance to cement a serious roster spot during pre-season. 

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The Bengals announced the signing of Pryor on their Twitter account along with a host of other players they signed.

Back with Jackson

Pryor was actually signed by the Kansas City Chiefs in January but they released him last week because they had too many quarterbacks on their roster. Now, he's trying to find a home in the State where he shone in college.

After his tryout, Pryor spoke to about his fit with the Bengals and his relationship with offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, who drafted him at the Raiders in 2011.

"(Jackson) is in my corner because he knows me. He drafted me. He wanted me. But at the same time I have to be on the field and show coach Lewis, the boss, that I can run this offense and help him win."

Pryor would later go on to add that he hopes to prove he can come in and be a positive influence among the quarterback corps.

"I can fit in along with Andy and help Andy along and the other guys who are quarterbacks here. That's the main focus you got to show, prove and go out there and have fun, man," he added.


The Oakland Raiders selected the former Ohio State star in the third round of the 2011 supplemental draft. He appeared in a combined 14 games in the 2012 and 2013 seasons and completed 56% of his passed for nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Pryor added 627 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground and did most of his damage as a playmaker when escaping the pocket. Oakland then traded him to the Seattle Seahawks after the 2013 season, but he was subsequently cut by Seattle at the end of the 2014 preseason.


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