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Bills Reportedly Decline QB EJ Manuel’s Fifth-Year Option

The Buffalo Bills have reportedly declined to exercise QB EJ Manuel‘s fifth-year option on Monday, according to ESPN.com.

The fifth-year option would have run the Bills $11.3 million in 2017, but was guaranteed only for injury and wouldn’t have prevented them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.

Manuel, 26, was taken with the No. 16 overall pick back in 2013. He’s in the final year of his four-year, $8,885,300 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,616,632 for the 2016 season.

In 2015, Manuel appeared in seven games for the Bills and threw for 561 yards while completing 61.9 percent of his passes to go along with three touchdowns and three interceptions. He also contributed 64 yards rushing and a rushing touchdown. Pro Football Focus has him down for playing just 160 total snaps last year.