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Reports: Bills won't pick up Manuel's 5th-year option

General Manager Doug Whaley called EJ Manuel the best backup quarterback in the NFL Saturday, right after the Buffalo Bills drafted a new QB.

But that apparently wasn't enough for the team  to commit to Manuel beyond the 2016 season.

The Bills aren't picking up the fifth-year option on the contract Manuel signed as a rookie in 2013, according to multiple reports. That means Manuel is due to become a free agent after the 2016 season.

The decision is hardly a surprise as the option would have cost the Bills about $11.4 million.

Manuel, who started 10 games in 2013 after the Bills made him a first-round draft pick from Florida  State, has been relegated to backup duty since the fifth week of the 2014 season.

He's currently No. 2 on the depth chart behind Tyrod Taylor and ahead of Cardale Jones, whom the team made a fourth-round pick from Ohio State Saturday.

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