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Russ Brandon says Buddy Nix will be Bills GM 'for a long time'

By Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills contend the persistent rumors about Buddy Nix's imminent departure have been inaccurate.

Many insiders expect this draft to be Nix's last as Buffalo's general manager, that he will step aside for heir apparent Doug Whaley.

After the Bills made their eighth and final draft choice today, there was no indication a transfer of power would happen any time soon.

"There's a lot of speculation for whatever reason related to that," Bills President Russ Brandon said. "Buddy Nix is our general manager and will be for a long time.

"Doug is a vital cog to the process, but when it comes to football decisions in this organization, one person and one person only makes those decisions, and that's Buddy Nix."

Brandon added that Whaley "continues to mature within his role" and "Buddy keeps providing him opportunity within the department."

Nix, 73, was named Buffalo's general manager in December 2009 after a long career as a college coach and pro scout, most notably with the Bills and San Diego Chargers.

Whaley, 40, had his contract as assistant GM extended in February. In the press release, Nix said he looked forward to "a smooth transition of the position when the time comes."

Asked tonight about his role as GM, Nix laughed wearily.

"That hasn't changed," Nix said. "When it does, one of these days I'm going to shock you; I'll tell you it has [changed]. But it hasn't."


2013 draft | Buddy Nix | Doug Whaley | Russ Brandon
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