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Bills Re-Sign QB Matt Cassel, Cut TE Nick O’Leary


Bills HC Rex Ryan announced that Matt Cassel will be Tyrod Taylor‘s backup with EJ Manuel operating as their No. 3 quarterback.


The Buffalo Bills announced that they’ve re-signed veteran QB Matt Cassel on Tuesday.

  • The Bills also waived TE Nick O’Leary to make room for Cassel.

The Bills wound up releasing Cassel as they got to 53 players this past weekend.

Bills HC Rex Ryan mentioned previously that he wanted to carry three quarterbacks this season, and Cassel was confident he’d be playing in Buffalo this season, so it appears as though their plan was to effective reduce his salary.

Cassel, 33, came over in a trade with the Vikings that sent a 2015 fifth-round pick and a 2016 seventh-round pick to Minnesota for the veteran quarterback and a 2015 sixth-round pick.

He was entering the final year of his two-year, $10 million contract and would have made a base salary of $4.15 million for the 2015 season.

Last year, Cassel appeared in three games for the Vikings and completed 57.7 percent of his passes for 425 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions.

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El Blaise

This is a good move for EJ since it’ll let him focus on his development and less on game planning.

Southern Pride

Excellent move. And done so at a much lower price. EJ won’t dress on Sunday’s and that’s a good thing.


EJ is the best of the three and anyone who truly wants to win would root for him.

El Blaise

I don’t know I’ve always thought Taylor was very skilled but limited by the Hokies offensive scheme. EJ has starting talent but he needs lot of development before he’s ready. Marrone did him a disservice by making him the face of the franchise, he’d have been much better off as a heir apparent to an established veteran.


He has developed. Last preseason he had a 73 QBR in the preseason which translated into an 80 QBR during the season. Orton had an 87. This preseason he had a 146 QBR. Much improvement in every aspect of his game. I very much looked forward to how that would translate into the season.

El Blaise

I’m inclined to agree, I remember watching him as a Hokie and I like what I saw. He’s in a good spot Rex is loyal to his passers so even if Tyrod struggles he won’t likely be on a short leash.

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