If the Bills decide to sit quarterback Tyrod Taylor at any point over the final three weeks of the season to prevent a serious injury that could guarantee next season's salary, EJ Manuel could get one more chance to show the league what he can do.
Manuel will hit free agency after this season. Rookie quarterback Cardale Jones said this week that he believes his time is "far from close" and that if a change is made, starting Manuel "would be the most logical thing to do."
But when Manuel was asked about potentially getting an opportunity to showcase himself again if the Bills are officially eliminated from the playoffs, he was hesitant to embrace the idea.
"I think the main thing for us is just to go out here and win. I think contracts and all that kind of stuff handles itself," he said. "Teams know what I can do, what we can do as players. People are always going to have their opinions, but the opinion that matters is upstairs and around the league. I think the biggest thing for us is finish strong and get these last three wins."
Asked if he thought he's had a fair shot to be the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback since being drafted in the first round of the 2013 draft, Manuel didn't say yes.
"My opinion doesn’t even matter, to be honest with you," he said.
"Because I think everybody’s going to believe what they want to believe," he said. "I think the biggest thing is the reality. It is what it is. I don’t look back and say 'Oh, this should’ve happened, this could’ve happened.' I don’t do that. I live life right now or moving forward."
Manuel said his four years with the Bills have given him "a ton to learn from." He said his future with the team is "something I’ll review once the season’s over with."