KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor and wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers to reserve/future contracts, according to Thursday’s NFL Transaction report.
Pryor’s arrival gives the Chiefs five quarterbacks on the offseason. He joins Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray.
The 6-4, 233-pound Pryor entered the league in 2011 out of Ohio State as third-round pick of the Supplemental Draft with the Oakland Raiders.
He appeared in 15 games (10 starts) with the Raiders from 2011 to 2013, completing 170-of-302 passes for 1,953 yards and nine touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He added 627 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 93 carries.
The Raiders traded Pryor to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for a seventh-round pick on April 21, 2014. The Seahawks waived Pryor on Aug. 29 prior to his signing with the Chiefs.
The 6-3, 215-pound Rogers entered the league in 2013 as an undrafted free agent out of Tennessee Tech with the Buffalo Bills. He was released in late August, and then signed with the Indianapolis Colts practice squad before being elevated to the active roster in December.
He appeared in five games with three starts, totaling 14 catches for 192 yards and two touchdowns. Rogers also played in the wildcard playoff game against the Chiefs and had one catch for 46 yards. The Colts released Rogers on Sept. 29, 2014 following his arrest for an alleged DUI.
While Rogers intrigues, the headline signing is Pryor.
Pryor tweeted a photo Wednesday evening of himself holding a notebook with the Chiefs logo outside the locker room area:
— Terrelle Pryor (@TerrellePryor) January 8, 2015
The signing of Pryor could signal the Chiefs are ready to move on from backup Chase Daniel, who is due a base salary of $3.75 million in 2015 and will count $4.8 million against the salary cap.
While Daniel has proven to be a quality backup to Smith, Daniel’s contract leaves him vulnerable considering the Chiefs now have less expensive options to consider with Pryor, Bray and Murray.
Reserve/future contracts are signed with a free-agent player who was not on a team’s active roster when the regular season ended. The signings are accomplished with a view to the upcoming season once the league’s calendar year kicks off.
Teams are allowed a maximum of 90 players on the offseason roster.
The Chiefs have now signed 19 total players to reserve/futures contracts since the end of the regular season: Pryor, Rogers, tight end Brandon Barden, wide receiver Armon Binns, linebacker JoJo Dickson, defensive lineman Hebron Fangupo, offensive lineman Curtis Feight, guard Ricky Henry, long snapper Brandon Hartson, cornerback Aaron Hester, long snapper Jorgen Hus, wide receiver Corbin Louks, cornerback Deji Olatoye, offensive lineman Jarrod Pughsley, tight end Adam Schiltz, offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, running back Spencer Ware, wide receiver Fred Williams and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy.
Pryor, Rogers, Hartson, Hester, Hus, Sherrod and Spencer are the only players of the group to not have spent time on the Chiefs 10-man practice squad in 2014.