Bills release QB Tarvaris Jackson

Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel is one-step closer to a starting job this season.

The Buffalo Bills released veteran quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, who was in a three-way battle for the starting job. That leaves Manuel and Kevin Kolb competing to start in Week 1 against the New England Patriots.

Kolb signed a one-year contract with the Bills this offseason. But for Jackson, the writing was on the wall when Buffalo signed Kolb to a two-year contract and drafted Manuel in the first round with the No. 16 overall pick. It’s apparent the Bills believe Kolb and Manuel have outperformed Jackson this spring.