The Buffalo Bills have just announced that backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has been released. Jackson never played a down in Buffalo despite being traded for during last season’s preseason for a seventh round pick from the Seattle Seahawks. With him being cut now, it must mean that head coach Doug Marrone really likes undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel to be this year’s third string quarterback. Also, with first round pick E.J. Manuel progressing at an exponential rate, the coaching staff must have deemed Jackson expendable. This doesn’t mean the Bills won’t bring in another quarterback for a camp body; in fact it wouldn’t be a shock at all nor would it be a bad idea.
There will be massive speculation in Western New York as to why the release happened now, but maybe it was an easy way to free up even more cap room to sign hold out free safety Jarius Byrd and maybe give center Eric Wood a long-term extension. The team still has yet to sign Manuel to his rookie deal, but that should come much sooner than later. Also there is the possibility that he wasn’t picking up the new playbook as fast as the coaches would like, especially if there are two rookies on the team that are.
All in all, it is likely Tarvaris Jackson will not be missed in Buffalo as most people likely forgot he was even on the roster. Who knows if he signs with another team this late in the off-season; he could wind up in the Canadian Football League.