Manuel is retiring from football, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Manuel signed with Kansas City earlier this offseason to compete with Chad Henne for the backup quarterback job. The 2013 first-round pick has now decided to step away from football, perhaps discouraged by the plethora of quarterbacks on the Chiefs' roster. In addition to Henne and starter Patrick Mahomes, the team currently is carrying Chase Litton and three undrafted rookies. Manuel was cut by Oakland in September and spent the entire 2018 season unsigned.
The Chiefs signed Manuel to a contract Friday, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. While Manuel has plenty of NFL experience on his resume, not much of it is good. With the Chiefs already rostering Patrick Mahomes and Chad Henne, the 28-year-old signal-caller will likely battle Chase Litton to earn a spot as a third quarterback on the 53-man roster, but the odds may be stacked against him.
Manuel appears to have beat out Connor Cook for the raiders' backup quarterback job, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Manuel completed 18 of 22 passes for 255 yards and three touchdowns in Thursday's 30-19 preseason win over Seattle, after Cook suffered through a 6-for-15 meltdown the previous week against Green Bay. Cook stuck around as the third-string quarterback the past two seasons, but Oakland may go with just two QBs this time around.
Manuel completed four of six pass attempts for 46 yards and rushed for five yards on three carries during Friday's preseason win over the Lions. Manuel was overshadowed by fellow backup Connor Cook, who completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 141 yards and a score as three of his five drives at the helm led to points. Cook subsequently earned second-team reps in Monday's practice, but Manuel eventually took Cook's place as the latter struggled with errant throws and a muffed snap in the red zone following his impressive performance Friday, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Manuel and Cook will continue to battle for the primary backup spot behind starter Derek Carr heading into Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, but Manuel has experience on his side.
Manuel will start Sunday's game against the Ravens. Usual starter Derek Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back last week, and he's inactive Sunday. Carr is targeting a Week 6 return to action, so this could be a one-week assignment for Manuel. He's a speculative fantasy play in Week 5, but working in his favor is that the Raiders will welcome starting wideout Michael Crabtree back to their lineup after he missed last Sunday's contest with a chest injury.
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