EJ Manuel, a former first-round pick and the first quarterback selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, is calling it a career. Manuel has retired from football at age 29.
The Kansas City Chiefs signed Manuel early this off-season. He was cut by the Oakland Raiders before the 2018 season after spending the 2017 campaign with the team as the backup to Derek Carr.
Manuel spent the first four seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills, the team that drafted him in 2013. He appeared in 28 games for Buffalo, making 17 starts.
Overall, Manuel played in 30 career games (18 starts) and completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 3,767 yards, 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Chiefs backup QB EJ Manuel has retired. He was signed earlier this offseason.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) May 13, 2019
Manuel will go down as a first-round bust due to how his NFL tenure played out, but in fairness to him, his draft status was elevated by being part of an exceptionally weak quarterback class. He looked the part of a first-round QB, but didn’t produce like it in college.
The quarterbacks taken after Manuel in 2013 read like a laundry list of pedestrian signal callers: Geno Smith, Mike Glennon, Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson, Landry Jones, Brad Sorensen, Zac Dysert, B.J. Daniels and Sean Renfree.
We wish EJ all the best in his retirement.