The Chiefs signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor to a one-year deal after a workout Wednesday, a source told The Star.
Pryor, 25, is a dual-threat quarterback who is listed at 6 feet 4 and 233 pounds.
He played 14 games for the Oakland Raiders in 2012 and 2013 and completed 170 of 302 passes (56.3 percent) for 1,953 yards, nine touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Pryor, who starred collegiately at Ohio State, also rushed 93 times for 627 yards and three touchdowns.
The Raiders dealt Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks in April for a seventh-round pick. He completed 21 of 39 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the preseason but was released before the season.
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The Chiefs now have five quarterbacks on the roster in Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray and Pryor. That’s a lot of quarterbacks to have on the roster once organized team activities roll around in May. There doesn’t seem to be enough reps to go around in practice, especially because Smith — who is set to enter the first year of a four-year, $68 million extension he signed in August — gets a healthy amount of snaps.
That would leave the four others to battle for the backup reps. It would be a mild surprise if the Chiefs were prepared to move on from Murray, a fifth-round pick in 2014, so that would leave Daniel, Bray and Pryor.
The Chiefs — who cap expert Joel Corry currently projects to have about $400,000 in cap space entering the offseason — could get the most cap savings by moving Daniel, who has a cap number of $4.8 million in 2015. His trade or release would open up $3.8 million in savings, but Daniel has proven to be a very capable backup.
In the Chiefs’ season-ending win over the Chargers on Dec. 29, Daniel completed 16 of 27 passes for 157 yards. And last year, in their 27-24 loss to the Chargers in the regular-season finale, he completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
“Chase did a nice job,” Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said after the season. “He is the consummate professional. If I’m those two young guys (Murray and Bray), I’m lucky to be in that room because I know what it takes to be in the NFL, I know how to prepare for a game. Chase prepares for the game every week like he’s the starter. And that’s what you want your backup guy to do.”
The Chiefs also worked out Canadian Football League receiver Duron Carter on Wednesday. CFL free agents are allowed to sign with NFL teams starting Feb. 10.