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Bengals waive QB Terrelle Pryor

CINCINNATI -- Terrelle Pryor is once again an unemployed quarterback.

After a one-month stay with the Cincinnati Bengals, Pryor was waived Thursday, hours after the Bengals concluded their minicamp and broke for a six-week summer break. With the former Ohio State star out of the picture, the Bengals seem content sticking with the trio of Andy Dalton, AJ McCarron and Josh Johnson at QB.

Signed May 10 after a successful audition during the Bengals' three-day rookie camp, Pryor had hoped he could stick with the Bengals as a backup after spending the last two years ping-ponging across the country.

Since 2013, Pryor has played for Kansas City, Seattle and Oakland, the team that selected in him in the 2011 supplemental draft. Hue Jackson, currently the Bengals' offensive coordinator, was the Raiders' head coach that year. When he contacted Pryor about trying out with the Bengals last month, Jackson hoped he might have an opportunity to give his current quarterbacks a little jolt.

"He can still run, but again, I don't want to get my hopes up about anything other than watching what he does every day, and we'll take it from there," Jackson said at the time.

Pryor's practice time diminished significantly this week when he opened minicamp getting the No. 4 quarterback's reps. Before this week, he had spent the open portions of organized team activities (OTAs) working out as the No. 3 quarterback, sandwiched by McCarron and Johnson. The last three days, though, Johnson leapfrogged him.

When he signed, Pryor vowed to make the team as a quarterback, and nothing else.

"If I can't play quarterback, I can't play football -- I'm pretty much done," the big-armed, mobile player said.

Part of what attracted head coach Marvin Lewis to Pryor in the first place was his dogged determination in trying to stick with a team. In the days immediately after this year's draft, Lewis thought some of his younger players could benefit from seeing a dedicated veteran fight for a job.

"Terrelle has a presence. This is not his first rodeo," Lewis said. "He's been through things; he's been with Hue before, so he has a calmness about him. He's actually a role model for some of these six or seven other veteran players [who were in the rookie camp] to watch how a guy who came into the NFL in 2011 is looking to try to get an opportunity -- not even to make the team yet, but to get an opportunity to make the team. And the urgency to his step. That's a good role model for these young guys to observe."