EJ Manuel retires from the NFL

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EJ Manuel‘s bid for a spot on the Chiefs roster has come to an end.

The choice to end that bid was made by Manuel rather than the team. Field Yates of ESPN reports that Manuel has decided to retire from the NFL.

Buffalo made Manuel the 16th overall pick of the 2013 draft and he made 10 starts during his rookie season. He started the first four games of the 2014 season, but was benched in favor of Kyle Orton and would only start three more games for the Bills before leaving as a free agent in 2017.

Manuel signed with the Raiders, started one game in 2017 and was released ahead of last season. He signed with the Chiefs in February and ends his NFL career with 3,767 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.

The Chiefs now have Chad Henne, Chase Litton and Kyle Shurmur on the quarterback depth chart behind Patrick Mahomes.

24 responses to “EJ Manuel retires from the NFL

  1. What a huge mistake trading up to get him at #16-so many concerns with that player coming out college. Every team misses but that miss, shaq lawson and trading up fro Watkins cost that franchise big time. Looks like the new regime had a monster draft this year-good for them and their fans
    -Eagles fan

  2. Not sure I’ll still be interested in watching the NFL with EJ retired. ☺

    What a mistake by the Bills, they had a few in that era. Things seem to be a lot different now.

  3. As a fan sometimes these early 1st rounders seem so obvious they’ll be draft busts. He seemed like a reach immediately, but i probably said the same thing about mahommes. So much goes into being a successful qb (coach/team/talen around/line) that it’s hard to ever know or really fault teams for trying on a player they think could be successful in their environment

  4. Actually the bills traded down with the Rams to draft EJ… The Rams traded up to draft Tavon Austin

  5. When a QB can be a total bust and still make nearly $10mil in just 5yrs the NFL’s pay is way too lucrative! As I’ve said before this kind of pay will have people playing for just a few years and quitting and they won’t care about the game or their team, thanks in-part to the it’s “ALL ABOUT ME” GERERATION!

  6. As an FSU fan, I knew this was probably a mistake immediately because Manuel was a good game manager in college but never able to take it to that next level; however, look back at that 2013 draft. The first round was pretty terrible, and yet people talk about the Bills like they made a unique pick for that year that prevented them from scooping up a Hall of Famer. Jake Fisher and the JAX tackle were the #1 and #2 picks that year for reference, one who has been average and the other guy was a bust. They rolled the dice on a QB with all of the tools; it didn’t work; and nobody died. Had they hit on him, it would have solved their QB problem for a decade, so it was worth the gamble in that draft class.

  7. billswillnevermove says:
    May 13, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Good luck EJ. You could still start on the Raiders.

    Yeah too bad we don’t draft as well as the Bills. We could have all those trips to the playoffs every year and that trophy case that’s packed to the brim with Lombardi’s

  8. billswillnevermove says:
    May 13, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Good luck EJ. You could still start on the Raiders.
    – – – – – – — – – – – – – – –

    EJ Manuel > Josh Allen

  9. funny about him starting on the Raiders. Since he was just there and didn’t start. But funny!

  10. “sceaglesfan says:
    May 13, 2019 at 5:28 pm
    What a huge mistake trading up to get him at #16-so many concerns with that player coming out college.”

    Actually, the Bills traded down with the Rams, who drafted Tavon Austin (!), from the #8 spot, and picked up a 2nd rounder.
    The Bills used that 2nd rd. pick on Robert Woods—who is now with the Rams.
    Go figure.

  11. Krombopulos Michael says:
    May 13, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    billswillnevermove says:
    May 13, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Good luck EJ. You could still start on the Raiders.

    Yeah too bad we don’t draft as well as the Bills. We could have all those trips to the playoffs every year and that trophy case that’s packed to the brim with Lombardi’s

    ———————-

    Your trophy’s are so old, they’re made out of lead.

  12. His career was over when he signed with the Bill’s. The NFLs version of the witness relocation program.

  13. slick50kc says:
    May 14, 2019 at 2:31 am
    Krombopulos Michael says:
    May 13, 2019 at 8:02 pm
    billswillnevermove says:
    May 13, 2019 at 5:25 pm
    Good luck EJ. You could still start on the Raiders.

    Yeah too bad we don’t draft as well as the Bills. We could have all those trips to the playoffs every year and that trophy case that’s packed to the brim with Lombardi’s

    ———————-

    Your trophy’s are so old, they’re made out of lead.
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    is the one you have from 49 years ago made out of lead?

  14. WHY did my Chiefs have to have the #1 overall pick for the first/only time in franchise history in 2013? That draft class was brutal. At least we have Mahomes now!

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