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Rex Ryan remains noncommittal on EJ Manuel, says Bills will shop for QBs

PHOENIX -- Rex Ryan won't give EJ Manuel any guarantees other than a fair shot to win the Buffalo Bills' quarterback job.

Ryan, speaking Thursday at the Super Bowl media center, reiterated the plan to find quarterbacks any which way the Bills can find them.

"To say that he's definitely going to be the guy, it's way too early to say that," Ryan said.

A day earlier in the Super Bowl media center, Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson revealed Manuel was a significant topic when Jackson interviewed for the Bills opening.

Jackson came away with the impression owners Terry and Kim Pegula and General Manager Doug Whaley were committed to Manuel.

"They will do everything they can to exhaust his opportunity there," Jackson said. "That's important."

Ryan used Jackson's critical verb a different way.

"We're going to exhaust every resource we can," Ryan said. "We'll look at free agents. We'll look at the draft. We'll look at anything."

Mark Sanchez, who helped Ryan reach consecutive AFC title games, will be a free agent. The Bills also could try to swing a trade, although they don't own a first-round draft choice, having traded it away in the Sammy Watkins deal.

"What we're going to do is explore every opportunity out there," Ryan said. "Will EJ Manuel be given the opportunity to win the job? Of course, he will. We're going to do everything we can to get him to play at a high level."

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