Former first round pick EJ Manuel signed with the Oakland Raiders late last week and many, particularly in Buffalo, found it somewhat surprising. Sure, Manuel isn’t going to command first team reps with any squad not named Cleveland, but Oakland? Interesting…

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Digging a little deeper I found the real reason why the Raiders signed EJ.

Manuel signed for one year, with an $800,000 salary and nothing guaranteed, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. Holy cheap with absolutely zero risk. With Derek Carr expected to make a full recovery from the injury that ended his season early and Connor Cook on the roster, Manuel may not even make it out of Training Camp with the Raiders. But then again, it is Connor Cook who he is competing with for the backup job, and anyone who follows MFST regularly knows how little I think of Cook.

Compare Manuel to Mike Glennon. Both were chosen in the 2013 NFL draft. Both started as rookies but have been backups more recently. Their stats are fairly similar, with Glennon’s just a little bit better: Glennon has a career passer rating of 84.6 in 18 career starts, while Manuel has a career passer rating of 77.5 in 17 career starts.

But being “just a little bit better” is, for an NFL quarterback, worth tens of millions of dollars. Glennon signed with the Bears for a three-year, $45 million contract with $18.5 million fully guaranteed at signing.

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