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Buffalo Bills decline 5th year option on EJ Manuel

The move should not come as a surprise.

The Buffalo Bills drafted EJ Manuel in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft. Buffalo hoped that they had found their franchise quarterback at pick 16, but it wasn't the case. Manuel dealt with injuries as a rookie, lost his job to Kyle Orton in his second season, and lost a training camp battle to Tyrod Taylor in 2015.

Keeping all of this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Bills declined to pick up their fifth-year option on the signal caller and hard count specialist. Picking up the fifth-year option would have cost Buffalo about $11.4 million. In 2016, Manuel will serve as the Bills backup QB behind Taylor, but it'd be a big surprise to see him with the Bills after the season. 

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In his time in the NFL, Manuel has starting QB record of 6-10. He's completed 308-of-521 passes (59.1%) for 3,371 yards with 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Manuel has also carried the ball for an additional 302 yards and four touchdowns.

Although Manuel never developed into a franchise QB, he may still be the best QB from that 2013 draft class. His tenure in Buffalo will likely come to an end in 2016, but he'll land elsewhere in a backup role.


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