ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Former Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel is currently out of the NFL, unable to gain employment after five years spent with Buffalo and Oakland.
Nathan Peterman has a job with the Bills, and from his Instagram account Sunday night, in a post that has since been deleted, Manuel described utter disbelief that this is possible.
“I usually never open up about my situation in Buffalo, but the fact that this guy has had multiple games with 4-plus interceptions … and I still don’t have a job in the league? UNREAL. Say what you want about me, but never have I EVER done that. Forget a learning curve, I didn’t get the luxury of being able to use that excuse. I wonder why.”
That last line seemed to insinuate that the only reason Peterman still has a job after throwing 13 interceptions in the nine games he has played in the NFL for Buffalo is perhaps because he is white.
Peterman completed 31 of 49 passes for 189 yards with three interceptions in the loss to Chicago. Manuel has a point; it is unconscionable that Peterman continues to draw a paycheck from the Bills.
Manuel was Buffalo’s first-round draft pick in 2013, a decision that was clearly ill-fated because the Bills’ deep thinkers at that time – Buddy Nix and Doug Whaley – completely failed in their evaluation of the Florida State product. He was probably a fourth-round talent, similar to Peterman who was a fifth-round pick by the Bills in 2017.
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