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Cincinnati Bengals sign quarterback Terrelle Pryor

"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." Cincinnati signed him to a contract on Sunday afternoon.

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The Cincinnati Bengals have signed quarterback Terrelle Pryor to a contract, the team . Tannounced on Sunday. Pryor was invited to workout with the team during over the weekend as Cincinnati conducted rookie minicamp and immediately began making an impression. "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."

With Andy Dalton being the team's starting quarterback and AJ McCarron expected to serve as the team's No. 2, Pryor will probably compete with Josh Johnson as the third quarterback on the team's depth chart (if they keep three this year). 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.

The Bengals have also signed tight end John Peters, Kalafitoni Pole, Erick Dargan and seventh-round pick Mario Alford. They also released tight end Kevin Brock.