According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports 1, the Bills will sign former first-round pick and USC quarterback Matt Leinart to a contract. Leinart will be brought in immediately to back up undrafted rookie free agent Jeff Tuel in the team's preseason finale on Thursday night, and will likely be an emergency plan heading into the regular season if both Manuel and Kolb aren't healthy.
The newest Bills quarterback confirmed the next phase of his career on Twitter.
Really excited and thankful for the @buffalobills for giving me this opportunity. Been working hard for 8 straight months. Time to go!!— Matt Leinart (@MattLeinartQB) August 25, 2013
Manuel had to have a minor procedure done on his knee following the team's second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, while Kolb suffered concussion-like syptoms on the second drive of the preseason tilt against Washington.
Leinart last played with the Oakland Raiders before his contract expired this off-season. He's also spent time with the Houston Texans and the team that drafted him in 2006, the Arizona Cardinals.
The Bills resume practice on Monday morning in Orchard Park.