EJ Manuel, who was the No. 16 overall selection in the 2013 NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, has decided to retire.
The 29-year-old quarterback was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason to compete for a backup job behind 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Over four seasons with the Bills, Manuel started 17 games, compiling a 6-11 record in those starts. He threw 19 touchdowns, 15 interceptions and had a quarterback rating of 77.5 during his time in Buffalo, which opted to not exercise the fifth-year option on Manuel's contract in 2016. Manuel signed with the Oakland Raiders, spending the 2017 season as a backup to Derek Carr. He was released by the Raiders after the team traded for AJ McCarron before the start of the 2018 season.
EJ Manuel appeared in 28 games over four seasons with the Bills. (Photo: Dennis Schneidler, USA TODAY Sports)
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With Manuel's retirement, that means that seven players selected in the first round of the 2013 draft are no longer in the league: Luke Joeckel (No. 2 overall, Jaguars), Dee Milliner (No. 9, Jets), Jarvis Jones (No. 17, Steelers), Sharrif Floyd (No. 23, Vikings), Bjoern Werner (No. 24, Colts), Matt Elam (No. 32, Ravens). Five others currently are free agents: Dion Jordan (No. 3, Dolphins), Jonathan Cooper (No. 7, Cardinals), Chance Warmack (No. 10, Titans), Datone Jones (No. 26, Packers) and Sylvester Williams (No. 28, Broncos).
Manuel vaulted into first-round draft consideration after an impressive showing at the Senior Bowl, which included being named the MVP of the game. Despite impressive physical abilities — size (6-foot-5, 237 pounds), strong arm and mobility — Manuel didn't live up to expectations in the NFL.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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