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Posted on: September 15, 2011 9:24 am
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Terrelle Pryor's appeal hearing coming Thursday

Posted by Will Brinson

Late last Friday, word leaked out that Terrelle Pryor was asking the NFLPA to join in on his appeal and that such an appeal could come as soon as this week. Well, that's happening, and it appears as if Pryor will have his appeal heard on Thursday.

That's according to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network who also notes that Pryor "is hoping for an expedited decision."

Indeed, Pryor will probably get a speedy ruling -- Roger Goodell and the league can't be thrilled about Pryor deciding to reverse course and appeal, even though it appeared he wouldn't when the NFL finally let him into the supplemental draft.

However, as we've written numerous times, there is substantial pressure on Pryor to make sure he appeals.

If he doesn't, then the floodgates are wide open for suspending NCAA athletes who turn pro with suspensions and other punishments hanging over their heads.

That Pryor will ultimately end up serving the five-game suspension -- and he will -- isn't a great precedent for the NFLPA. But looking the other way while the league suspends Pryor and not contesting the decision would be a disastrous precedent to establish.

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Posted on: September 9, 2011 7:09 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor asks NFLPA to join his appeal

Posted by Will Brinson

Former Ohio State star and current Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor is scheduled to miss the first five games of the 2011 season due to a suspension from the NFL. That suspension stemmed from Pryor's decision to leave college with a five-game suspension waiting for him in Columbus.

Pryor's camp went back and forth on whether or not they would appeal the suspension, and while it appeared they might bail on appealing, Pryor ultimately alerted the NFL and NFLPA he would appeal the suspension, following the Colts hiring of former OSU coach Jim Tressel.

The next step is formally asking the NFPA to join the appeal which, according to the NFL Network's Albert Breer, Pryor did on Friday. It's believed that the NFLPA could file the appeal as early as Monday.

As you'll recall, the NFLPA hasn't been exactly thrilled at the news of Pryor's suspension, because it represents a dangerous precedent in terms of future control for the NFL over players leaving college early.

Which precisely why there shouldn't have ever been a question about Pryor appealing. This isn't exactly the sort of situation where the players want to just lay down and let the league have its way, setting a precedent for suspending players for actions that were committed while they weren't even in the league.

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Posted on: August 30, 2011 2:38 pm
 

Batch: NFL 'took it to another level' on Pryor

Posted by Will Brinson

The Terrelle Pryor suspension -- he received five games at the NFL level for actions he performed while at Ohio State -- is unprecedented in professional sports.

So it's no surprise that plenty of players and agents and lawyers aren't thrilled about the news. Go ahead and count Steelers backup quarterback and NFLPA executive committee member Charlie Batch among the group that's not thrilled about Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pryor.

"He took it to another level when he said he was going to suspend Terrelle Pryor for five games and he wasn't even in the NFL last year," said Batch, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "How can you do that? It's not right. It's not right at all."

It probably isn't "right," in that it's seems random and a touch unfair, but that doesn't really matter.

The NFL had a situation where college athletes were primed to begin utilizing the supplemental draft as a way to escape NCAA punishment, thereby making the NFL look like a safe harbor for wrongdoing at the amateur level.

Though it is convenient that the NCAA serves as a cost-free minor league of sorts for the NFL, that convenience dies out quickly if and when players know that they can laugh off the rules imposed by college athletics and skate to the pros without any punishment.

Hence the suspension for Pryor and what will be an interesting precedent. One that, clearly, won't be well-liked by the players.

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Posted on: August 28, 2011 10:29 pm
 

Terrelle Pryor to play QB in final preseason game

Posted by Will Brinson

It feels like we've written about Terrelle Pryor a million times since he decided to bolt Ohio State and head to the NFL. (The actual answer is 62. So there's that.)

Perhaps that's because of his up-and-down status for the NFL's supplemental draft. Or perhaps that's because he's such a talented player who presents tons of upside but remains an enigma, particularly with respect to what position he'll play as a professional.

Whatever, for those that want to see Pryor as a quarterback, you're in luck -- Raiders head coach Hue Jackson told Michelle Tafoya of NBC on Sunday night that Pryor, who didn't play in the third preseason game against New Orleans, will begin his career with Oakland as a quarterback.

"We're gonna start there first and see where we go," Jackson said.

Pryor, who recently signed a four-year deal with Oakland, did some warm-ups under center and was briefly in the silver-and-black uniform and on the sidelines during Sunday's game, but eventually left.

Tafoya also reported that Pryor would be available for the Raiders final preseason game against the Seahawks.

This makes a lot of sense, actually, because you don't see starters get a ton of time during the final exhibition affair, and Pryor will be missing the first five games of the regular season; getting him out there and giving him some run under center won't put anything at risk and it'll at least the Raiders see what Pryor can do in live NFL action.

And since this is the Raiders we're talking about, it wouldn't be shocking to see them give Pryor plenty of run as a quarterback if he looks even remotely competent during the final week of the preseason.

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Posted on: August 25, 2011 9:29 pm
Edited on: August 26, 2011 6:17 am
 

Raiders sign Terrelle Pryor to four-year deal

Posted by Will Brinson

Terrelle Pryor's been one of the most talked-about players in the NFL this offseason, thanks to his awkward status with the NFL for the supplemental draft and the inevitable eventual decision by the Raiders to snare him in the third round.

Now it appears he's finally a member of an NFL franchise, as he's in California with the team and set to sign a four-year deal with Oakland.

"We expect him to sign tonight," Raiders exec John Herrera said, via the Associated Press.

Per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the contract includes a $586,000 signing bonus and base salaries of $375,000, $485,000, $595,000 and $645,000 in each of the respective years. The 2011 number does not include the amount (more than $100,000) that Pryor will lose because of the five-game suspension he has to serve to start the year.

Pryor will be eligible to begin practicing with the team Friday, pending his signature on Thursday of course, and could conceivably play with the team in its final preseason on September 2 against the Seahawks.

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