The Buffalo Bills have released quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in a move that nudges rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel one step closer to winning the starting job.
The move was announced Monday, a day before Buffalo opens a three-day mandatory minicamp. The timing of the decision frees up additional practice time for Manuel.
That leaves Manuel competing with Kevin Kolb, a sixth-year player the Bills signed in free agency in April.
Jackson never received a shot in Buffalo after being acquired by the Bills in a trade with Seattle in August. The seventh-year player spent all of last season as Buffalo's third-string quarterback.
Jackson then signed a one-year contract to return to Buffalo in February, believing he would have an opportunity to compete for a starting job.