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Raiders sign QB Manuel, LS Condo

March 20, 2017 03:35 PM
The Oakland Raiders added depth behind starting quarterback Derek Carr, signing former first-round pick EJ Manuel on Monday.

The Raiders also announced the signing of veteran long snapper Jon Condo.

Manuel, the No. 16 overall pick by the Buffalo Bills in the 2013 draft, is expected to compete with Connor Cook as the primary backup for Oakland.

An unrestricted free agent, Manuel brings ample experience to the West Coast, making 29 appearances and 17 starts during his tenure with Buffalo. He owns a 6-11 record as a starter.

The 6-foot-5, 237-pound Manuel saw his most extensive action during his rookie campaign, making 10 starts and throwing for 1,972 yards with 11 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

The former Florida State product made just seven starts -- one in 2016 -- over the past three seasons, losing his job to Tyrod Taylor. Manuel has thrown for 3,502 passing yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for four scores in his career.

Manuel guided Florida State to a 25-6 record as a starter and became just the second quarterback in FBS history to win four straight bowl games.

Condo will return to the Raiders for his 11th season after serving as the team's long snapper since 2007. He joined the team's practice squad in 2006 after stops with the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots.

Condo has played in 160 games, including appearing in all 16 games for the ninth time in 2016. Last season, he became the 19th player in franchise history to play in at least 155 games.
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