ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Buffalo Bills signed quarterback EJ Manuel to a rookie contract, the team announced on Friday.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The Associated Press reports it is a four year deal worth $8.9-million with an option for a fifth year.
Manuel was the Bills first round draft choice (16th Overall) in April's NFL Draft.
Manuel is expected to compete with Kevin Kolb for the starting quarterback position. That competition is down to two players with the Bills decision to release veteran Tarvaris Jackson on Monday, ensuring that both Manuel and Kolb would get an increased number of reps.
The Bills did not make Manuel available to the local media after announcing the deal.
The Bills sent out a news release on Friday afternoon to announce the signing. You can read it below:
The Buffalo Bills today announced the signing of first-round draft selection (16th overall) QB EJ Manuel. In accordance with team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Manuel led Florida State to a 25-6 record as a starter - the third-most wins in school history - and became the second quarterback in FBS history to win four consecutive bowl games (West Virginia QB Pat White). He ended his career as the school's all-time leader in completion percentage (66.9) and ranks among the top five in Seminoles history for passing yards (7,736 - 3rd), total offense (8,563 - 3rd), completions (600 - 4th) and passing attempts (897 - 5th).
The Bills have now signed all eight of their 2013 draft picks.