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 was one of several quarterbacks who worked out for San Francisco on Tuesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 49ers are in need of a quarterback after losing Jimmy Garoppolo for the season with a torn ACL, and Manuel looks to be in the mix for the job. C.J. Beathard is set to take over the starting duties, and he's currently the only healthy quarterback on the roster. Manuel was released by Oakland in early September and has thrown for 20 touchdowns to 16 interceptions since being drafted in 2013.
Manuel was released by the Raiders on Saturday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
The Raiders also got rid of Connor Cook, leaving trade acquisition AJ McCarron as the only quarterback behind Derek Carr. It's an odd decision to make just nine days ahead of the season opener, especially given that McCarron may not even be an upgrade on Manuel/Cook.
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.
The Raiders re-signed Manuel on Thursday.
After an injury-plagued four seasons with the Bills, Manuel arrived in Oakland last offseason to serve as Derek Carr's backup. Forced into action in Weeks 4 and 5 when Carr was sidelined due to transverse process fractures in his back, Manuel competed 24 of 43 passes for 265 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The presences of holdover Connor Cook and offseason addition Josh Jackson provide competition for the No. 2 job, but Manuel should have a leg up as the most experienced hand behind Carr.
Manuel completed 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Ravens, adding 15 yards on two carries.
Manuel got off to a strong start and didn't commit any turnovers, but the Oakland defense couldn't hold up its end of the bargain, and an early Jared Cook fumble (returned for a touchdown) certainly didn't help. Derek Carr (back) hopes to be back for Week 6 against the Chargers as Oakland tries to avoid a 2-4 start to the season.
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.
Manuel is still expected to start Sunday for the Raiders against the Ravens, even with Derek Carr (back) listed as questionable for that contest, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Despite Carr being reportedly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a transverse process fracture in his back and practicing on a limited basis for the second day in a row Friday, Manuel still picked up all of the first-team reps during the session, suggesting he'll be under center Sunday. It appears that in a best-case scenario, Carr could be active as an emergency backup rather than the unpolished Connor Cook, but Manuel would likely only head to the bench for an injury rather than performance-related reasons. In his Raiders debut in relief of the injured Carr during the Week 4 loss to the Broncos, Manuel completed 11 of 17 passes for 106 yards, no touchdowns and an interception.
Manuel will start Sunday's game versus the Ravens with Derek Carr (back) sidelined, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
On Sunday in Denver, Manuel entered in relief of Carr after the latter left the contest. Although Manuel's stat line looked fair enough -- 11-for-17 passing for 106 yards and one interception -- he led the Raiders offense to just three second-half points. Carr has since been diagnosed with a transverse fracture in his back, placing Manuel under center this weekend and potentially as long as 2-to-6 weeks.
Manuel will be active for Sunday's game against the Titans.
Manuel had an upper hand on the backup quarterback duties throughout training camp, beating out second-year Connor Cook for the role behind starter Derek Carr. Manuel isn't slated to see the field unless Carr were to suffer an injury, though it should be noted he's earned the primary backup job out of the gate.
Manuel served as the No. 2 quarterback for the Raiders during Saturday's preseason loss to the Rams, completing three of nine pass attempts for 16 yards.
Manuel appears to be leading the backup quarterback competition in Oakland, having entered the contest first behind starter Derek Carr on Saturday with Connor Cook last off the bench. Manuel's underwhelming performance didn't help his case, however, while Cook was more impressive while completing nine of 15 passes for 83 yards and a score. Even so, Manuel still looks poised to enter the season as the team's primary backup at the position, but Cook could make a late push given his solid recent showing.
Manuel has been getting second-team reps over Connor Cook, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez reports.
While Cook is still getting second-team reps as well, this is a positive development for Manuel. The former Bills starter will likely need to win the backup job in order to remain on the 53-man roster come Week 1.
Manuel's one-year deal with the Raiders is for $800,000, with none of the money guaranteed, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.
The contract suggests Manuel may be released if he doesn't beat out 2016 fourth-round selection Connor Cook in a battle for the No. 2 quarterback job. Starting signal-caller Derek Carr (broken fibula) is believed to be on schedule or even slightly ahead in his rehab process.
Manuel signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Manuel's signing comes as no surprise after he was reportedly in talks with Oakland over the past few days. The former first-round pick has had a shaky career to this point and will figure to be the Raiders' backup quarterback behind Derek Carr, bumping last season's backup, Connor Cook, to the third-stringer slot. Don't expect to see much from Manuel this season unless Carr gets injured again.
Manuel is likely to sign with the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
The ex-Bill hit free agency after his rookie contract ran out this offseason. He had an overall shaky tenure with the Bills as a former first-round selection and ultimately became a full-time backup to Tyrod Taylor in 2015. Manuel has a career 58.3 completion percentage to go with 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and a 6.4 YPA. Provided that negotiations with the Raiders don't hit a snag, he figures to slot in as Derek Carr's backup over second-year signal caller Connor Cook.
Manuel completed just nine of 20 pass attempts for 86 yards and gained eight yards on two carries during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Jets.
The coaching staff expressed a desire to see Manuel play a complete game, but his poor performance resulted in Cardale Jones entering the fray to get some reps of his own. Manuel contributed in just four games on the season and his inability to move the ball against what has been a wretched Jets defense does not bode well for his chances of remaining in Buffalo after his current contract expires in the offseason.
Interim coach Anthony Lynn says he'd like to see Manuel start and finish Sunday's game at the Jets, BuffaloBills.com reports. "It's really hard to get a good look at two quarterbacks in one game," said Lynn. "I want to get a really good look at EJ. So, if it's a good game I'm going to leave EJ in and let him roll."
The Bills would also like to see what raw rookie Cardale Jones can do, but if Lynn's comments are to be taken at face value then Jones would only see action if the Bills get way ahead or way behind. Manuel will helm one of the league's most run-based attacks and that's not likely to change given Lynn's background as a running backs coach and the fact he has LeSean McCoy running so well lately. That said, there are a slew of good fantasy quarterbacks who are about to get some or all of Sunday off, and Manuel at least has a full complement of skill players ready to finish off the season on a good note for a coach they seem to be behind.
Interim head coach Anthony Lynn confirmed Wednesday that Manuel will start Week 17 against the Jets.
Whether or not they decide to keep him for next season, Tyrod Taylor is the best quarterback the Bills have, but the team is out of the playoffs and they need to again see what they might have in Manuel, whose contract is up after the season. The team would also pay a huge price if Taylor were to get hurt in a meaningless game. While Manuel might make a decent emergency fill-in for your Week 17 game -- the Bills have been putting up points and he'll have all of the main skill players in tow -- we'll note that rookie Cardale Jones will also be active this week, and it's a possibility he sees some late action, too.