The rest of the NFL is paying close attention to what's happening with the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation now that Tyrod Taylor has been named the starter for the regular season.
And multiple player-personnel people around the league are expecting the Bills to release veteran Matt Cassel and stick with EJ Manuel as Taylor's backup.
The primary logic behind the potential move is, with a cap figure of nearly $5 million, Cassel is far too expensive to remain on the roster as a reserve and the Bills need all of the cap space they can get to extend the contract of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Marcell Dareus. The team is negotiating a deal with Dareus, and, as The News has reported, is offering him more than $90 million over six years.
Another factor is that Manuel is known to have a staunch supporter in Bills General Manager Doug Whaley, who has say over the Bills' final 53-man roster while coach Rex Ryan oversees the 45 in uniform on Sunday.
Whether Ryan, offensive coordinator Greg Roman and quarterbacks coach David Lee share Whaley's faith in Manuel is debatable. And it could very well lead to some difficult discussion, especially between Whaley and Ryan, before a final decision is made on whether Cassel or Manuel fills the No. 2 spot behind Taylor.
More than a few NFL people don't see the need for much conversation on this matter. They believe Cassel played his way off the roster during his brief preseason appearances, while Manuel performed well enough to stick.
League sources also say that Ryan, Roman and Lee want to hang onto Matt Simms as a third quarterback, although he likely would end up on the practice squad.