E.J. Manuel
E.J. Manuel
29-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for E.J. Manuel in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a contract with the Chiefs in February of 2019.
Opts for retirement
QBFree Agent
May 14, 2019
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.
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How do E.J. Manuel's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
237 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.65 sec
Shuttle Time
4.21 sec
Cone Drill
7.08 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
118 in
Hand Length
10.38 in
Arm Length
35.00 in
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October 24, 2017
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Manuel, who was brought in by the Raiders to serve as Derek Carr's backup in 2017, saw the field in just two contests throughout his maiden campaign in Oakland when Carr went down with a back injury. Manuel's lone start came in Week 5 against the Ravens when he completed 13 of 26 passes for 159 yards and a score, but the team ultimately lost 30-17 as their record fell to 2-3. His experience in the NFL should keep him in the No. 2 spot behind Carr once again, while Connor Cook slots in as the third-stringer.
Manuel, a former first-round selection, spent four disappointing years in Buffalo before signing with the Raiders this offseason. The 27-year-old has attempted just 110 passes in 13 games throughout the past two seasons, recording 63 completions, 692 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions in that span. With Derek Carr (fibula) expected to be at full health and Matt McGloin leaving for Philadelphia in free agency, Manuel will battle against 2016 fourth-rounder Connor Cook for the No. 2 quarterback role. Manuel's experience gives him the early edge by more than just a small margin, while Cook has appeared in just two career NFL contests.
Erstwhile starting quarterback and former first-round pick, Manuel is still employed by the Bills, but sharing the quarterback room with current starter Tyrod Taylor and the presumed future in 2016 draft pick Cardale Jones. On the plus side, GM Doug Whaley referred to Manuel as one of the best backup quarterbacks in the NFL.
Manuel found himself benched in favor of Kyle Orton after just four games last season. The 2013 first-round pick was 2-2 in those starts but showed minimal growth from a decent rookie season. Through two years, he's averaged a meager 6.43 YPA and completed just 58.6 percent of his passes. While raw coming out of Florida State, Manuel has impressive physical tools: great velocity, soft touch, quick release, mobility (4.65 40) and prototypical size (6-5, 240). Alas, one-time long-shot candidate Tyrod Taylor landed the team's starting job thanks to a solid preseason, with Manuel and Matt Cassel now slated to work in a backup capacity.
Considering the accuracy and progression issues he displayed at Florida State, Manuel was actually somewhat promising as a rookie, completing nearly 59 percent of his passes while posting more touchdowns (13) than turnovers (12). With a year's worth of experience and a second training camp on his side, Manuel should improve in 2014, especially since the team added Sammy Watkins with the fourth overall pick and traded for Mike Williams. Williams is a more legitimate red-zone target than the since-traded Steve Johnson, and Watkins should be one of the league's elite YAC threats immediately. The addition of second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio at right tackle should also be useful for Manuel's development. Still, until he proves his progress, Manuel is firmly in QB2 territory.
Throughout the entire draft season, it was quarterbacks Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib and Mike Glennon who received the majority of attention from the media. By late April, it was Manuel who got the last laugh as the only quarterback drafted in the first round. If Manuel holds on to job in Buffalo, he also has the best chance of any rookie to provide fantasy-relevant numbers due to his legs, but note that a knee procedure clouds his Week 1 status. Manuel, who rushed for 310 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 at Florida State, could easily eclipse those numbers in the NFL. New coach Doug Marrone also plans to install an up-tempo offense that could lead to more volume in the passing game.
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Latches on with Chiefs
QBKansas City Chiefs
February 22, 2019
The Chiefs signed Manuel to a contract Friday, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
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Works out for 49ers
QBFree Agent
September 25, 2018
Manuel was one of several quarterbacks who worked out for San Francisco on Tuesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Released by Oakland
QBFree Agent
September 1, 2018
Manuel was released by the Raiders on Saturday, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Makes excellent case for backup job
QBOakland Raiders
August 30, 2018
Manuel appears to have beat out Connor Cook for the raiders' backup quarterback job, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
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Overshadowed in preseason opener
QBOakland Raiders
August 13, 2018
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.
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