Report: E.J. Manuel heading to Oakland

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Free agent quarterback E.J. Manuel is “likely to sign” with the Raiders, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported.

A first-round pick in 2013, Manuel didn’t become the franchise quarterback the Bills have long wanted. Manuel, who turns 27 this weekend, has made 17 career starts but just three in the last two years and has a career 58 percent completion percentage.

Manuel has played in 29 career games. The Bills redid Tyrod Taylor’s contract to keep him and drafted Cardale Jones last year, meaning Manuel wasn’t in their plans.

Matt McGloin, the Raiders primary backup last season, is a free agent. The Raiders drafted Connor Cook in the fourth round last year.

30 responses to “Report: E.J. Manuel heading to Oakland

  1. If I were a GM, I would make a trade offer for Conner Cook right now, before Reggie McKenzie comes to his senses. What’s that? Bill Belichick’s on line 1?

  2. I kept pulling for him to turn it around but after watching him fail spectacularly in week 17 of this past season, completely missing a touchdown pass to Charles Clay that anyone reading this comment could have made because the Jets Defense blew their assignments and let the tight end jog towards the end zone uncovered, I knew it was officially over.

    He is a competent back up though and an all around stand up guy that will never embarrass his team or fans with low class off the field nonsense though.

  3. Not a franchise QB perhaps, but still salvageable. Buffalo didn’t have a great coaching staff when he was picked (I wouldn’t say that they do now, either) and he definitely could have used better development than he got there. He does a good deep ball, but he takes too long to read coverages and stares down his receiver too often. Good backup, perhaps with the right coaching, he can make a low end starter for someone. Probably not Oakland of course, considering who they’ve already got there.

    I do kind of wonder why the Raiders went after him, though. Seems they could have spent the money elsewhere, considering that they have Connor Cook?

  4. EJ was a project that only started his rookie year because Kevin Kolb the veteran brought in slipped on a rubber mat at training camp, ending Kolb’s career.

    EJ looked his best then. He got worse after 4 years of Bills “coaching”. Would love to see him gain confidence with a real team.

  5. Could be a solid backup, but makes you wonder if they’re not that thrilled with what Cook has shown thus far. Clearly a solid shot to beat McGloin, but I would have thought Cook was a near-lock for that competition.

    A dream season derailed by losing your QB just before the playoffs will make you reconsider depth, though, that’s for sure.

  6. There’s a large contingent of Bills fans that were convinced up to the last minute that EJ just needed a few more games under his belt and then he’d have gotten the hang of the whole QB thing. Dude was a gigantic fart noise from the second he was drafted. But I wonder how that Fantex stock thing is working out.

    Goodbye, albatross, and good riddance.

  7. woodbridgekid73 says:
    Mar 17, 2017 6:47 AM
    There’s a large contingent of Bills fans that were convinced up to the last minute that EJ just needed a few more games under his belt and then he’d have gotten the hang of the whole QB thing.
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    Completely false

  8. “He does [have] a good deep ball”

    Are you confusing ‘arm’ with ‘deep ball’? Manuel has a strong arm, but his deep ball accuracy was largely atrocious…several yards off, usually out of bounds.

  9. The Raiders OC was his QB coach for a year in Buffalo. Probably the only reason he was signed. They are going to need some camp arms and eveyone is acting like they gave him 50 mil.

  10. “He does [have] a good deep ball”

    Are you confusing ‘arm’ with ‘deep ball’? Manuel has a strong arm, but his deep ball accuracy was largely atrocious…several yards off, usually out of bounds.

    I see where you’re coming from, given his work as a starter, but he’s improved since then. I could be proven wrong, but when we last saw him play he was hitting deep passes with much improved accuracy than he had before. And yes, his arm does play a part in evaluating how valuable his deep ball is to a team, even if it is less important than accuracy.

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