On Thursday, agent Drew Rosenhaus said quarterback Terrelle Pryor won’t appeal the five-game suspension imposed by Commissioner Roger Goodell. On Friday, lawyer David Cornwell seemed to suggest that an appeal is coming.
On Saturday, Pryor told ESPN that he’ll accept the suspension. (The video has aired on ESPNNews; no sign of Pryor’s position appears yet on ESPN.com.)
Mark Schwartz of ESPN, reporting from the site of the Pro Day workout in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, said the Pryor is willing to move to another position. (Pryor showed he had the speed for other positions.)
Frankly, it doesn’t matter whether Pryor is or isn’t willing to move, unless he plans to sit out the season and re-enter the draft in 2012. (He doesn’t.) And so it’s smart for him to demonstrate a willingness to do whatever his future employer reasonably instructs him to do.
As to the suspension, an appeal could help ensure that the NFL won’t use this situation as the first step toward helping the NCAA enforce suspensions against players who have escaped its grasp.