By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Sports Writer
Former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor was declared
eligible for Monday's NFL supplemental draft but must sit out the
first five games after he signs a contract.
The NFL announced Thursday he was eligible, along with five
other players. Pryor gave up his final season with the Buckeyes
following an NCAA investigation into the football team's
memorabilia-for-cash scandal. He would've had to sit out five games
at Ohio State if he had chosen to return to school.
"God bless and thanks for support!" Pryor wrote on his Twitter
page. "Time to have a little fun!!"
The league informed clubs that Pryor "made decisions that
undermine the integrity of the eligibility rules for the NFL
draft." Among those, the league said, was his failure to cooperate
with the NCAA and hiring of an agent in violation of NCAA rules.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted that you can't do that "and get
a free pass into the NFL."
Pryor may not practice or play until Week 6 of the regular
"We accept that voluntarily," Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus,
told The Associated Press. "It's a small price to pay for him to
have a chance to pursue his dream of playing in the NFL."
David Cornwell, Pryor's attorney, said he was pleased that
quarterback is eligible for the supplemental draft - which was his
"primary objective" - although having to sit out five games was
not the ideal situation.
"Given the range of options, the opportunity to be drafted is
better than sitting out until next April," Cornwell said in an
email to the AP. "But, obviously, this is not a perfect result."
Other players eligible for the supplemental draft are: defensive
backs Torez Jones of Western Carolina and Tracy Wilson of Northern
Illinois, defensive ends Keenan Mace of Lindenwood and Mike McAdoo
of North Carolina and running back Caleb King of Georgia.
Rosenhaus said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA
executive director DeMaurice Smith worked together on the decision.
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