Chiefs Sign EJ Manuel, Sammie Coates

The Chiefs have signed quarterback EJ Manuel and wide receiver Sammie Coates, according to a team announcement. They also inked receiver Davon Grayson and defensive back Dontae Johnson

Manuel, 29 in March, has not suited up since his 2017 season with the Raiders. Before that, the former first-round pick spent the first four years of his career with the Bills. All in all, Manuel has a career 6-12 record, a 58.1% completion percentage, and 20 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. The Florida State product has not lived up to his draft billing so far, but he’ll look to impress in Kansas City and stick as a backup to star Patrick Mahomes.

Coates, 26 in March, made some noise with the Steelers as a youngster but has not done a whole lot over the last two years. He had six catches for 70 yards with the Browns in 2017 and had just one catch for 12 yards in his run with the Texans last year. Coates auditioned for the Colts and Cowboys towards the end of the 2018 season, but did not sign with either club.

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  1. Michael Chaney

    EJ Manuel is a textbook example of why teams in need of a QB shouldn’t always just try to pick the best one available if no one is worth it. There’s no way he ever should have been a first rounder.

    • Yeah, I remember how shocked everyone was by that pick the second it was made. I guess that’s what happens when one GM thinks they’re smarter than everyone else

  2. connfyoozed

    Coates was doing all right as a Steeler until he had I think 2 separate hand injuries in the same season, and he hasn’t been right since.

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