Bills release Tarvaris Jackson


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The Buffalo Bills have cut veteran quarterback Tarvaris Jackson leaving the team with Kevin Kolb and rookie E.J. Manuel.

Jackson briefly was considered an option to start for the Bills before the team signed Kolb and later drafted Manuel. Signed to a $2.25 million contract in February the Bills only guaranteed $500,000 to Jackson.

With Tim Tebow signing with the Patriots this makes Jackson the highest profile signal caller on the free agent market.

The 30-year-old Jackson could be an option to backup Russell Wilson in Seattle. Jackson had a career best season in 2011 with the Seahawks throwing for 3,091 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was traded to Buffalo and served as the Bills third string quarterback for the entire 2012 season.