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Oakland Raiders sign QB EJ Manuel, LB Jelani Jenkins

By The Sports Xchange
Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel throws during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 7, 2014 in Chicago. The Bills defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. UPI/Brian Kersey
1 of 3 | Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel throws during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 7, 2014 in Chicago. The Bills defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. UPI/Brian Kersey | License Photo

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 free agent linebacker Jelani Jenkins and re-signed veteran long snapper Jon Condo.

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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.

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Jenkins spent the past four seasons with the Miami Dolphins, appearing in 53 games and starting 34, including 27 during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Last season, Jenkins appeared in nine games (seven starts) and recorded 29 tackles for the Dolphins, helping the team make the postseason for the first time since 2008. He recorded 29 tackles (15), and one pass defensed on the year.

The 6-foot, 240-pounder set a career high with 108 tackles (81) and posted 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defensed while starting 14 games in 2004.

For his career, Jenkins has 219 tackles (156 solo), 3.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five passes defensed.

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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