Suddenly the Raiders are quite busy. More offense appears to be coming to Oakland. This time in the form of veteran quarterback EJ Manuel, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Bills' first-round pick E.J. Manuel likely is signing with the Oakland Raiders, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2017
This addition, of course, would be to compete for the backup job behind Derek Carr.
Adding a veteran backup was expected for the Raiders this offseason. With Matt McGloin leaving after four years with the team, second year man Connor Cook was the only other backup on the team. They typically enter the offseason program with four quarterbacks on the roster, which would suggest they will be adding probably an undrafted quarterback later on as well.
Manuel was a first round pick out of Florida State by the Bills in 2013. After some promising moments but overall struggling as a rookie, he was benched his second season for free agent addition, Kyle Orton, and then Tyrod Taylor came in and took the job in 2015 and hasn’t let go of it.
The Raiders connection is he played under Raiders offensive coordinator Todd Downing when Downing was the QB coach in Buffalo in 2014. Manuel made four starts that season, throwing for 838 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 3 interceptions and the Bills went 2-2 with him at QB that season.