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St. Francis grad David Caldwell mentioned as possible Bills GM

By Tim Graham

The Turk doesn't work summers only.

He's sharpening his scythe as I type this.

Sports Illustrated writer Don Banks has assembled a "Black Monday primer" for all of the teams expected to make major moves with their front offices and coaching staffs.

Banks writes:

With so much activity about to take place, here's a team-by-team breakdown of what we think we know, with a preview look at the names of some potential coaching and general manager candidates that could be in play for those jobs. League general managers, personnel executives, team sources and agents were contacted and interviewed in an attempt to divine all the comings and goings of the next few weeks.

The Buffalo Bills are on the list. They're mentioned third as candidates for major changes. And this list is not in alphabetical order.

Banks writes as though Chan Gailey's dismissal is a foregone conclusion and focuses on the job status of General Manager Buddy Nix.

Banks quotes an unnamed NFL team executive, who suggests the time is right to dump Nix.

"If you've got a GM who's hell-bent on getting a quarterback, you've got a guy who's at least in danger of giving up the farm to do so,'' the executive said. "A desperate general manager is the worst kind of general manager to have.''

An intriguing name mentioned: Atlanta Falcons player personnel director and native Buffalonian David Caldwell.

He worked in the Indianapolis Colts' front office for 10 years and interviewed for their GM opening after they fired Bill Polian. Caldwell went to St. Francis High with Polian's son, Chris Polian, who was Colts vice president of football operations.

Caldwell has been with the Falcons for the past five seasons, the first four as college scouting director.

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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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