Derek Carr has a new backup.
The Raiders on Monday signed former Bills quarterback and unrestricted free agent EJ Manuel, the team announced.
Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed but it served as a belated Cheap Bike Jerseys For Men birthday present for Manuel, who turned 27 Sunday.
Selected by Buffalo with the No. 16 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, he set franchise rookie records for most passing touchdowns (11) and completions (180) in a season. However, his production declined after his inaugural season when he was benched in favor of veteran Kyle Orton. Manuel then spent the following two seasons serving as Tyrod Taylor’s backup.
With a new slate in Oakland, Manuel will have the opportunity to compete with second-year QB Connor Cook for the No. 2 job behind Carr.
Manuel appeared in 29 games with 17 starts over his four-year career in Buffalo, logging 3,502 yards for 19 touchdowns with 15 interceptions while adding four scores on the ground.
Pedroia and Bogaerts are just rock-solid, an elite up-the-middle duo. Hard to put Boston any higher, though, because nobody has any idea what the Sox will get out of Sandoval. He could finally be the player they thought they were getting from the Giants, or he could be a massive disappointment for the third year in a row. And Moreland, though an outstanding defensive first baseman, shifts Hanley Ramirez to DH, where some are concerned he might not handle the hitting-only duties well. At the plate, Moreland has power (at least 22 homers each of the three most recent seasons he’s been healthy), but look at his OBPs those three years: .299, .297, .298. Yikes.