Chiefs QB E.J. Manuel Retires

Quarterback E.J. Manuel has retired from the NFL, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). Manuel signed with the Chiefs this offseason, but he’ll walk away from the sport instead of continuing down that path. 

Manuel, 29, 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 exits the NFL with a lifetime 6-12 record, a 58.1% completion percentage, and 20 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. The Florida State product did not live up to his first-round draft billing, but he made millions playing football at a professional level.

Manuel’s retirement still leaves the Chiefs with six QBs on the offseason roster: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, T.J. Linta, Chase Litton, John Lovett, and Kyle Shurmur.

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15 comments on “Chiefs QB E.J. Manuel Retires

  1. ahale224

    But his flat throwing angle is the only one that can get under the winds in Buffalo! Take him in the first round!!!

  2. joefriday14
    joefriday14

    EJ was one of the best quarterbacks in Buffalo Bills recent history. Yes he had bad lines, receivers who dropped passes and coaches who called poorly designed plays. But he was a man of values,humor and intelligence. Hopefully he will become a Buffalo Bills announcer.

    • crosseyedlemon

      EJ wasn’t much of a player and as an announcer he could never hold a candle to Paul Maguire who was a master at providing humorous anecdotes.

    • qbert1996

      do you really need it? Literally told you his stats in the article with other links to PFR.

      • Who-Dey_KY

        qbert1996 and Ironman_4life – neither of your comments were necessary. This site normally links players to their reference pages. I’m sure Jorge is aware of how to use his web browser to find it, but it’s much simpler to just click the link that’s not provided. To qbert (which was an awful game), reference provides much more in depth stats than anything listed above.

        • crosseyedlemon

          There are data gaps in the splits for EJ at PFR. How can any of us sleep tonight not knowing the stats Manuel recorded against the Raiders, Eagles, Titans and Redskins?

    • Ironman_4life

      Enter football reference in your browser. When main page comes up enter E.J. Manuel in box.

  3. Z-A

    Made out with 9+ mil… but still kinda dumb at least get some roster bonus money or preseason money, aka get paid to workout. Literally won’t do anything but film study and throw balls. Easiest job on the team is perceived veteran backup QB. Only job in the NFL that you get paid and no one expects you to ever play. Full year could make another 800k.

    • kevin

      they had a veteran qb on the roster tho , in Henne so both are veterans and one has to preform as never know if they keeping 1 or two backups or a backup and a young qb .

      I think the issue was he didn’t think he would beat out Henne. that’s my thought , and I’m sure he had retirement thoughts after the bills stint and even more after he saw the backup path. but your right he could have went to the preseason and gave it a shot worst thing would be he didn’t make the time (well besides some freak injury)

      • Z-A

        He made 100k just lasting thru 4 preseason games last year. If he could handle Chuckies playbook he can handle Reid’s. Just always a bad idea to give up the earning potential even at veteran min. unless you have an injury.

        • Maybe going home and being happy is more important to him than getting a few extra paychecks. It shouldn’t be a hard concept to grasp.

          • jkoms57

            And maybe he’s not interested in 100k for a guy that made 10million.

            I know it’s a hard concept to grasp for some of the less priveledged, but 100k to retire with some dignity and not end his career being cut might just be the choice he made

  4. darkfire423

    John Lovett is trying his hand at TE over QB, he didnt do any QB drills at KC Rookie Camp.

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