Sources: Bills to be cautious with Tyrod Taylor, plan to start EJ Manuel in Week 17

The Buffalo Bills are planning to bench Tyrod Taylor in their regular-season finale against the New York Jets and start EJ Manuel at quarterback, league sources have told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Bills fire Rex Ryan as playoff drought reaches 17

Rex Ryan lasted less than two seasons as head coach of the Bills, compiling a 15-16 record in 31 games with Buffalo.

The quarterback switch would be a business decision, according to Schefter, because the Bills are at risk for the $30.75 million remaining on Taylor’s contract that would become guaranteed if he suffered a significant injury.

The Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan and his brother, defensive assistant Rob Ryan, on Tuesday, less than three days after being eliminated from postseason contention with a 34-31 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Buffalo also named offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn as Ryan’s interim replacement for Week 17.

But Taylor’s benching is not related to the coaching change, sources told Schefter. The team does not want to take any chances with Taylor’s health, especially after Oakland’s Derek Carr

Article source: http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/18358134/buffalo-bills-cautious-tyrod-taylor-plan-start-ej-manuel-week-17-new-york-jets

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