Former Bills QB EJ Manuel retires from the NFL

May 13, 2019 - 5:25 pm

Former Buffalo Bills first round pick and quarterback EJ Manuel has retired from the NFL, according to ESPN's Field Yates. 

Manuel had signed with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier in the offseason to compete for a backup spot, but has since chosen to retire. Manuel spent 2018 out of the NFL, after being cut by the Oakland Raiders. Manuel spent a season with Oakland, starting one game in 2017, before his release. 

Manuel's first four seasons were in Buffalo, drafted 16th overall in 2013 to be the future under center for the Bills. Those hopes never materialized, as Manuel started just 17 games in four seasons with Buffalo, including being benched in 2014 for journeyman Kyle Orton and losing out in a camp competition in 2015 to Tyrod Taylor. Manuel would start three games while serving as Taylor's backup, but lost all three to end his Bills career. 

Manuel's NFL career lasted just 5 seasons, totaling career numbers of 343-for-590 (58.1%) for 3767 yards, 20 touchdowns, 16 interceptions and a 6-12 record as a starter. 

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