E.J. Manuel will open the season as the Bills' starting quarterback, but if money is a determining factor, he better not get too comfy in his role. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, the one-year deal Orton signed Friday will pay him $5 million. In other words, Orton will get paid as much as the Buccaneers QB Josh McCown, who is his team's starter.
Orton started in Week 17 last season for the Cowboys, filling in for an injured Tony Romo. He completed 30 of 46 passes against the Eagles for 358 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Just think about this: The Bills are giving $5 million to a man who was reportedly all but retired a couple of months ago. Their actions clearly show that they have about as much confidence in Manuel as fantasy owners. As soon as Orton understands the playbook, he will be on the field -- as long as Manuel isn't finally begin playing like a high-end first-round draft pick. He showed no indications of a breakout during the preseason.
Orton wouldn't be much of a fantasy option considering his age, and how Buffalo's offense is built around running the football. But he can't be much worse than E.J.