EJ Manuel will likely serve as Tyrod Taylor's backup in 2016. His contract for 2016 is fully guaranteed so there isn't any reason for the Buffalo Bills to release to Manuel. He'll play out his final year with the Bills and go somewhere else.
No matter where that "somewhere" is, former Bills GM Buddy Nix believes Manuel will be successful. Nix played a large role in drafting the former Florida State Seminole with the 16th overall pick in the 2013 draft before stepping down as GM. Recently, Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News spoke with Nix and the GM said the following on Manuel:
"One of the things when we drafted EJ, we were going to draft him and let him sit behind Fitz or a veteran for a couple of years and learn the NFL game and grow into it," Nix said. "We knew he wasn’t ready when we first drafted him but EJ has all the talent. EJ will be successful somewhere, some time. But he got thrown into it because of injuries and had to start as a rookie. He had some success and then he got hurt. There are just so many things that have to happen, have to fall right at that position. And they haven’t. They fell the other way for EJ.
Nix's memory is apparently a bit foggy as he mentions sitting Manuel behind Ryan Fitzpatrick. Buffalo released Fitzpatrick back in March of 2013 and didn't draft Manuel until April. The Bills signed Kevin Kolb to start in 2013 but the quarterback couldn't stay healthy and was released less than one year later. If the Bills had kept Fitzpatrick under contract, perhaps things would be different for Manuel.
Perhaps Manuel will be successful "somewhere, some time" as Nix mentioned. Manuel does possess certain traits that you look for in a QB, but his accuracy issues may be his downfall. Until he finds a way to address his accuracy, or lack thereof, it's hard to believe that Manuel will be as successful as Nix envisions.null