Bills claim QB Matt Simms off waivers and release Jeff Tuel
The Buffalo Bills claimed Matt Simms off waivers from the New York Jets and released Jeff Tuel.
Simms, 26, played the past two seasons in New York for current Bills coach Rex Ryan and quarterbacks coach David Lee. He is the son of former NFL quarterback Phil Simms and the brother of former NFL quarterback Chris Simms.
Simms has appeared in four NFL games. He replaced Geno Smith in a Nov. 17, 2013 game in Buffalo, completing 4 of 6 passes for 60 yards and a touchdown.
Simms probably won’t be part of the Bills’ open competition between EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor. Chances are high that once the starter is announced Simms might be the third quarterback and one of the three competing will be waived or traded.
Tuel’s career with the Bills ends after two seasons. The undrafted Washington State product appeared in two games as a rookie in 2013, including a start against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. He spent last season on the practice squad and wasn’t considered a viable candidate to earn the starting job this offseason.