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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.

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30 Responses to “Report: E.J. Manuel heading to Oakland”
  1. dohczeppelin says: Mar 16, 2017 7:12 PM

    Great guy. Bad quarterback. Good luck EJ. I wish things had gone differently.

  2. aliveguy24 says: Mar 16, 2017 7:13 PM

    Could do worse

  3. charliecharger says: Mar 16, 2017 7:15 PM

    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?

  4. dohczeppelin says: Mar 16, 2017 7:20 PM

    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.

  5. Francis_Dolarhyde says: Mar 16, 2017 7:33 PM

    He’ll never see the field.. McLovin gone?

  6. ak185 says: Mar 16, 2017 7:34 PM

    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?

  7. futurebuffalo says: Mar 16, 2017 7:41 PM

    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.

  8. waynefontesismyfather says: Mar 16, 2017 7:43 PM

    Headed to Oakland to do what, work vending? Pure bum. if they had such a thing as a 7th string QB he’d be 9th!

  9. tb124president says: Mar 16, 2017 8:04 PM

    Solid backup

  10. hanspard says: Mar 16, 2017 8:11 PM

    Just a 3rd stringer. Nothing to see here.

  11. socalraider says: Mar 16, 2017 8:13 PM

    He needs to improve to become lousy

  12. wanger1 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:27 PM

    Better than McGloin. He had the build and height but none of the other tools

  13. lostsok says: Mar 16, 2017 8:41 PM

    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.

  14. raiderfanwithclass says: Mar 16, 2017 8:54 PM

    McGloin had his chance and opportunity and look like a deer in headlights. I’d be happier with E.J. As backup for sure

  15. getnakedandrunwild says: Mar 16, 2017 8:55 PM

    But, but, but, last year Nation said McGloin was GOAT backup. What’s going on man?

  16. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 16, 2017 8:57 PM

    Apparently Oakland is where the first round FSU QB busts go to end their careers.

  17. ralphwilsonisrich says: Mar 16, 2017 9:33 PM

    Holds the clipboard well

  18. pantherpro says: Mar 16, 2017 9:42 PM

    Guess you like playing on dirt field with a tarp? Enjoy Vegas!

  19. charger383 says: Mar 16, 2017 9:47 PM

    has MacKenzie finally lost his mind?

  20. lunarpie says: Mar 16, 2017 10:02 PM

    Matt McGloin is a Career Backup QB.

  21. ricko1112 says: Mar 16, 2017 10:22 PM

    The Bills’ QB group just got stronger! They will go 7-9 or
    8-8 if they get on a roll.

    Tyrod is a $30M mistake.

  22. Raidershavemovedintoirrelevance says: Mar 16, 2017 10:27 PM

    Love this move. It’s good for Raider fans in Toronto.

  23. bencoates57 says: Mar 17, 2017 1:04 AM

    Just offer the Patriots two 1s and a 2 for brissett

  24. bvolke says: Mar 17, 2017 3:17 AM

    EJ was horrible, even as a backup. Wouldn’t be shocked if he gets cut before the end of training camp.

  25. 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. 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.

  26. joetorontoisaclown says: Mar 17, 2017 10:04 AM

    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.
    __________________________________
    Completely false

  27. sevenwords says: Mar 17, 2017 10:12 AM

    Wow Karma exists! Enjoy your new QB JoeToronto!

  28. joma1969 says: Mar 17, 2017 1:24 PM

    “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.

  29. war27 says: Mar 17, 2017 1:42 PM

    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.

  30. ak185 says: Mar 17, 2017 8:11 PM

    “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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