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Raiders announce EJ Manuel signing

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There’s a new quarterback on the Raiders roster.

The Raiders announced Monday that they have signed EJ Manuel as a free agent. A report last week indicated that Manuel would be making his way to Oakland.

Manuel was a Bills first-round pick in 2013 and opened his rookie year as the starter in Buffalo. He started all 10 games he played that year, but was benched in favor of Kyle Orton after four games the next year and spent the last two years backing up Tyrod Taylor.

Matt McGloin, last year’s No. 2 in Oakland, is currently a free agent. Whether he winds up returning or not, the presence of 2016 fourth-round pick Connor Cook means that Manuel won’t be sliding into that role without winning a competition over the summer.

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45 Responses to “Raiders announce EJ Manuel signing”
  1. therealraider says: Mar 20, 2017 2:42 PM

    After back to back statistically horrible games, Connor Cook needs a boost of confidence, somebody he can easily beat out for the back up QB job.

  2. ecarlso8 says: Mar 20, 2017 2:43 PM

    That signing must have gone over like fart at a funeral.

  3. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Mar 20, 2017 2:43 PM

    Kyle Orton. Now there’s a name I already forgot.

    Oakland is apparently where first round FSU QB busts go to finish out their string.

  4. mpcny says: Mar 20, 2017 2:43 PM

    Slow news days, EJ Manual will not make the team. The signing bonus will tell.

  5. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 20, 2017 2:44 PM

    That’s the missing piece! SUPER BOWL!!! lol

  6. silvernblacksabbath says: Mar 20, 2017 2:45 PM

    Can we sign some guys on DEFENSE Reggie?

  7. justbegbaby says: Mar 20, 2017 2:48 PM

    Why not? Carr is their franchise qb for many years to come. They need a serviceable backup at low cost. McGroin flamed out. Cook needs more development. Good signing.

  8. Raider Ray says: Mar 20, 2017 2:48 PM

    What the heck, Edward Scissorhands wasn’t available???? I know they need a backup, but this is the best they could find? Haven’t questioned McKenzie’s decisions much lately but this one is a big fat WHIFF…… There are several unemployed QBs that would make better backups than this clown…. Stay healthy DC…. Stay healthy….

  9. ontherocks1964 says: Mar 20, 2017 2:49 PM

    Already laughing at all the people who are going to say how good he will be now that he’s finally with a good organization that can coach him up. You all are going to be pining for the days of Matt McGloin!

  10. westcoastbillsfan says: Mar 20, 2017 2:53 PM

    Another “Great Draft Move” –cough…by Doug Whaley…Steelers knew what they were doing when they let Whaley go…

  11. xavier179 says: Mar 20, 2017 2:55 PM

    Pardon me, but is that considered an improvement?

  12. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 20, 2017 2:57 PM

    This one I don’t get.

  13. charger383 says: Mar 20, 2017 2:59 PM

    only thing worse would have been that player SF cut

  14. billsfan says: Mar 20, 2017 3:01 PM

    Raiders need someone with a strong back….

    To help load up stuff for the move to Vegas. EJ could be that guy! With some training, and a mentor who can show him the nuances of how to pack, and load the moving van.

  15. markdavisbarber says: Mar 20, 2017 3:03 PM

    Good move.

    We always start training camp with 4 OB’s and carry 3.
    Someone needs to push Cook. And McGloin will be the forth.

    One Nayion

  16. EJ says: Mar 20, 2017 3:03 PM

    EJ Manuel will win the training camp competition over Connor Cook… Manuel does very well in that setting, but gets over-confident on game-day which leads to trouble. That is why he didn’t make it in Buffalo.

  17. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 20, 2017 3:14 PM

    Another FSU bust, what else is new?

  18. mball13 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:17 PM

    Definitely won’t say this is an awesome move, but with the McGloin era coming to an end, Raiders need at least a reserve QB that has some starting experience. Cook wasn’t ready for the spotlight last year (rightfully so)

  19. jpaq68 says: Mar 20, 2017 3:17 PM

    Why would anyone announce this? This is like walking into a bar and announcing that you have a really bad case of syphilis.

    They should have kept this “news” on the down low.

  20. intrafinesse says: Mar 20, 2017 3:19 PM

    EJ Manuel was a first round pick, so should be set for life.
    Why bother trying to play football when you are terrible at it, and can get hurt?
    On the other hand, being a backup QB greatly lessens the risk of injury, and 5 years gets you an NFL pension, so maybe try for 1 more year.

    He’s god awful bad, maybe at or below Geno Smith and Mark Sanchez.

  21. justbegbaby says: Mar 20, 2017 3:20 PM

    Denver broke McGloin. He will never be the same. Dumpster time.

  22. r8rsfan says: Mar 20, 2017 3:23 PM

    McLovin looked small and weak on the field. At least Manuel will physically resemble the grown men he’s playing against.

  23. celticsforever says: Mar 20, 2017 3:30 PM

    Relax people. He’s nothing more than a camp arm.

  24. RogerThat! says: Mar 20, 2017 3:32 PM

    Just Win, Baby!

  25. bernieknowsfootball says: Mar 20, 2017 3:36 PM

    They is a lot of air between those ears !!!

  26. raiderinva says: Mar 20, 2017 3:39 PM

    So Doug Marrone is the new head coach in Jacksonville who traded down to draft EJ. Apparently Doug is comfortable with Blake Bortles and Chad Henne, because the Jags didn’t even bring EJ in for a sit down?

  27. kevpft says: Mar 20, 2017 3:50 PM

    I’m not sure that’s something you “announce”.

    “Admit” may be the better word.

  28. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 20, 2017 3:53 PM

    “Championship!” Not.

  29. socalraider says: Mar 20, 2017 4:09 PM

    Watching E J play it’s obvious with a little improvement he could stink

  30. bighoser says: Mar 20, 2017 4:22 PM

    Meh. With any luck he never sees the field outside of preseason or mop up duty.

  31. tformation says: Mar 20, 2017 4:34 PM

    Oakland could do worse for a backup than EJ.

    And whoever said “camp arm” is probably right…

  32. xavier179 says: Mar 20, 2017 4:35 PM

    billsfan, now that was truly funny, definitely made my day. Strong back, weak mind, right?

  33. omeimontis says: Mar 20, 2017 4:47 PM

    Manuel and Cook may be competing for the starting QB job if Carr and the Raiders cannot agree to terms on a long term contract. Sort of like the Kirk Cousins situation in Washington. The Raiders can franchise tag him for a couple of years but eventually they may have to let him leave as a free agent.

  34. r8rsfan says: Mar 20, 2017 5:05 PM

    Just stop with the contract talk about Carr. He’s never leaving the Raiders. There are no tricks being played, and Carr has excelled from the first time he stepped on the field. Talking about franchise tags is WAY immature.

  35. cuzzinjoey says: Mar 20, 2017 5:10 PM

    silvernblacksabbath says:
    Mar 20, 2017 2:45 PM
    Can we sign some guys on DEFENSE Reggie?
    I think the plan is to wait until after the draft and get in on the “next wave” of free agency.

    There’s a lot of good defensive linemen in this draft, and I can see a bunch of savvy vets get let go. Reggie can scoop them up on the cheap as stop gaps while loading up with draft picks they can develop over the next year or two.

    This approach might get them a compensatory draft pick(s).

  36. justbegbaby says: Mar 20, 2017 5:20 PM

    Carr is good. Easily, the most talented qb in the West and maybe more. Let’s see how he does this year. Raiders have built their O around him. Time to shine. Post .500 career record a possibility? Most good qbs know how to win. See Stabler. Carr hasn’t done that yet.

  37. mammothfan says: Mar 20, 2017 5:31 PM

    The last piece of the puzzle to keep them From winning the division

  38. xxsweepthelegxx says: Mar 20, 2017 6:00 PM


  39. jedimasterbates says: Mar 20, 2017 6:03 PM

    Hey EJ, take Doug Whaley with you.

  40. JSpicoli says: Mar 20, 2017 6:42 PM

    Stay healthy DC

  41. shooter28 says: Mar 20, 2017 7:06 PM

    Manuel is absolutely horrible !!!! Dude cannot play at all , even as a back-up!! I would much rather have QB Matt McGloin as a #2 back-up QB !!! I really like McGloin, he is a half way decent QB , I wish the AZ Cardinals would cut back-up QB Drew Stanton and sign McGloin as the Cardinals back-up!! McGloind would be MUCH Cheaper as well, AZ could likely sign him for 1-2M per year compared to the 5M Stanton makes as a backup.

  42. ihavepriors says: Mar 20, 2017 7:18 PM

    And to think, a few short months ago, Goon Nation told me, promised me, that McGloin was the greatest backup since Steve Young.

  43. tonebones says: Mar 20, 2017 7:37 PM

    Conner Cook was probably the best QB in last year’s draft. He slipped to the fourth round because of paralysis by analysis. His college game tape shows a guy with elite skills. But Derek Carr was a second round pick, Tom Brady went in the 6th round and Joe Montana was the last player selected in the third round, so nothing should shock anyone. Dak Prescott went in the fourth round too, and he only got off the bench because Romo got injured.

  44. corkspop says: Mar 20, 2017 7:48 PM

    EJ Manuel was a bust, pure and simple. This is great news for Bills fans. It means that the GM’s influence may have declined a bit with the hiring of the new head coach. Good riddance, EJ. Good Luck, Raiders!

  45. spankmarley says: Mar 21, 2017 12:06 AM

    Correction… the Bills organization is a bust. Way to reach on a third round talent. it’s his fault though?

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