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Bengals are leaning toward signing QB Terrelle Pryor

The Cincinnati Bengals could add a fourth quarterback to their roster, which already includes Andy Dalton, AJ McCarron, and Josh Johnson. If the Bengals sign Pryor, figure he'll battle for the third-spot on the team's roster.

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The Cincinnati Bengals are "leaning to" signing quarterback Terrelle Pryor, writes Geoff Hobson, who wrote on Saturday night that "It sounds like the Bengals are leaning to signing him after Sunday’s practice". Pryor, drafted by the Oakland Raiders and traded to the Seattle Seahawks, is in Cincinnati on an invite-basis for rookie minicamp this weekend.

"He's a very talented young man," Jackson said via ESPN on Friday night. "We're just going to keep working with him and see what we have."

"Terrelle has a presence. This is not his first rodeo. He’s been through things and he’s been with Hue (Jackson) before," said head coach Marvin Lewis following Friday's session.

"He has a calmness about him. He’s a great role model for the six or seven other veterans; to watch how a guy who came into the NFL in 2011 is looking to try to get an opportunity, not even make the team yet, but get an opportunity on a team. There’s an urgency in his step. I think that’s a good role model for these young guys to observe, and some even are guys that have been around a couple of years here, who are participating in this weekend. He has an urgency that they need to learn. He shows how important this is to him."

Pryor entered the NFL as a third-round pick for the Raiders during the 2011 Supplemental Draft, joining Hue Jackson who was Oakland's head coach at the time. "Pryor said Jackson is the best coach he’s had in the NFL when it comes to relating to him and he feels it will help him that the Bengals’ playbook is very similar to the one he had that rookie year in Oakland," writes Geoff Hobson with

Injuries derailed Pryor's most-active season (2013), though it wasn't particularly productive (it WAS the Raiders). He started nine games that year, threw seven touchdowns and scored twice more on the ground. On the other hand, he threw 11 interceptions, fumbled seven times (lost two) and was sacked 31 times.

Oakland traded Pryor to Seattle for a seventh-round pick in 2014 but he was released during final cuts. He worked out for the Bengals on Oct. 14, 2014 but the team didn't sign him at that time.