With just two career seasons and 15 total games under his belt, E.J. Manuel is rumored to be on the outs in Buffalo. Talk about a short lease. However, this particular rumor is more likely to be a motivational ploy through the media. It would be rash of Buffalo to get rid of the team’s best quarterback on the roster.
The Bills just may have one of the worst quarterback-by-committee in the NFL. Atop the depth chart is the aforementioned E.J. Manuel, but the Bills traded for mediocre journeyman, Matt Cassel, to spark a quarterback competition. Next comes the practice squad made up of Jeff Tuel and Tyrod Taylor.
Disregarding the fact that Manuel is the best option the Bills have under center for this year, the franchise has another problem if he is not on the roster for 2015. If released, the Bills will hit the salary cap, limiting their flexibility in upcoming years.
First year offensive coordinator, Greg Roman, has made it clear that uprooting Manuel is not in the plans of the franchise. “Speculation is the key word and the rumors are the furthest thing from the truth,” Roman told reporters at One Bills Drive. “Honestly, it’s anybody’s job to take.”
Whoever wins the job will have a plethora of weapons at their disposal. In addition to the free agent signing of LeSean McCoy, the Bills also acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin and Tight End Charles Clay during this offseason.
Look for the quarterback competition to heat up and the roster rumors to cool down May 26th at the start of OTA’s.