Bills claim QB Matt Simms off waivers, waive Jeff Tuel


The Buffalo Bills shuffled the bottom of their quarterback depth chart Friday, claiming Matt Simms off waivers from the New York Jets and waiving 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.

Since signing with the Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2012, 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.

Will Simms be part of the Bills' open competition to start at quarterback? It's unlikely. That race should still come down to EJ Manuel, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, with Simms potentially earning a role as a third quarterback (if one of the other three is released or traded) or joining the practice squad.

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.