rick Mahomes’ backup in 2019."Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback EJ Manuel has retired Womens Harrison Butker Jersey , as first reported by ESPN’s Field Yates. The move appeared on the NFL’s official transactions report.Manuel, 29, signed with the Chiefs earlier this offseason. “I thought EJ would fit well in the room,” Reid said at the NFL’s Scouting Combine. “I’m sensitive to that, who you put in that room. That’s a room where there are a lot of things exposed offensively and you want to make sure you have the right personalities in there. I thought EJ would fit into that. I think he’ll be a nice addition, he’s a pro, he’s got a good reputation throughout the league with the teams he’s been with. He had a nice workout.”Manuel entered the NFL as a 2013 first-round pick with the Buffalo Bills. Manuel spent four years in Buffalo before joining the Oakland Raiders to back up Derek Carr from 2017-18. The Raiders released Manuel after acquiring AJ McCarron last season.It looked like Manuel would provide some competition to Chad Henne for the Chiefs’ backup position behind Patrick Mahomes, but not to be. The Chiefs quarterback room now consists of Mahomes, Henne Daniel Sorensen Jersey , Chase Litton and rookies TJ Linta and Kyle Shurmur.Manuel finishes his six-year NFL career with a 6-12 record, having thrown for 3,767 yards, 20 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Manuel had a 77.1 career passer rating in 30 games (18 starts). This morning, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport put this tweet out into the Twittersphere:A 2017 second-round pick of the Oakland Raiders, Melifonwu is an athletic freak, running a 4.40-second 40-yard dash with a 44-inch vertical and a 121-inch broad jump at the NFL combine. He was a four-year starter at UConn where he showed an ability to be a playmaker and a sure-tackler as both a deep and a box safety.His time in the league has been riddled with injuries, going on IR early in September of last year. He was re-activated in early November. After a few weeks on Oakland’s active roster, Melifonwu had hip surgery and went back on IR in mid-December. This season http://www.chiefslockerroom.com/authentic-terrance-smith-jersey , he was waived/injured on August 23rd, cleared waivers and was added to the team’s IR. He was officially released last week.Melifonwu projects best as a box safety with good size and speed to cover tight ends and to fill gaps in the run game. He’s got a nose for the ball as a former cornerback, locating it well in the air and using his superior length for interceptions and pass breakups. He can play as a deep safety, but his football instincts aren’t always up to snuff, and he’s quite rigid when trying to turn to cover to the sidelines from a single-high position.In Bob Sutton’s scheme, Melifonwu would fit, if healthy. The back-end of the Chiefs defense lacks some explosion, aggressiveness, and athleticism Womens Travis Kelce Jersey , all three things that Melifonwu had in spades at UConn. Oakland tried to use him in a hybrid cornerback/slot safety role in his snaps last year, which pitted him against some smaller, quicker receivers. That is not his forte. He’d fit better covering tight ends and filling gaps as an apex defender — something Sutton and the Chiefs implement with regularity.What does this mean for the Chiefs safety group? Despite a poor performance last week, Melifonwu doesn’t project to take Ron Parker’s role as more of a deep safety. Eric Murray and Jordan Lucas are currently the Chiefs’ best slot safety options, and both are key components of KC’s special teams group. Melifonwu would likely take a spot from Josh Shaw — a player that the Chiefs used specifically in man against tight ends — until Eric Berry or Dan Sorensen become active.Unfortunately, Melifonwu is likely still returning from injury. Even if the Chiefs did make a move, it would be looking into future usage rather than expecting an immediate impact this week. For a player with his athletic profile, he’s definitely worth kicking the tires on to see if the Chiefs can add some more size and speed in 2019 and beyond.