By Brady Henderson
Seahawks general manager John Schneider has referred to it as fantasy football – the assumption that Terrelle Pryor's special combination of size and athleticism would allow him to seamlessly transition to a skill position like wide receiver.
The reality, as Schneider told reporters Wednesday: "He's coming in as a quarterback."
The Seahawks obtained Pryor last week in a trade with Oakland, a surprise move given how Seattle appeared set at quarterback with Russell Wilson entrenched as the starter, Tarvaris Jackson set to make a fully guaranteed $1.25 million to return as his backup and B.J. Daniels on the roster as a developmental prospect.
The Seahawks only carried two quarterbacks on their active roster for most of last season, which contributed to speculation that Seattle might consider using Pryor in some other capacity. So did Pryor's measurables: 6-foot-5 and a half, 245 pounds and a 4.36-second 40-yard dash, according to Schneider.
While Schneider seemed at least somewhat intrigued by the possibility, he made it clear that Seattle didn't acquire Pryor with a position switch in mind.
"Right now he's learning the quarterback position," he said, "and it's not even an option."
Schneider added that Seattle is open to carrying three quarterbacks this season.
Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share their thoughts on Seattle's plan for Pryor in the video above.
710 ESPN Seattle's Liz Mathews contributed to this post.