By Tim Graham
Buddy Nix has stepped down as Buffalo Bills general manager and has been named a special assistant.
Here are his comments, as supplied this afternoon in a statement from the team's media relations department:
"I've made this decision to step away from the general manager's position because I feel it is the right time. By the 'right time' I mean I think we have a good, young roster, an excellent head coach with a good staff and it's time to let someone else handle these responsibilities and move forward together.
"Timing is the main thing, but there are other benefits as well. This job is very demanding with a 24-7 schedule of responsibilities. This new position will enable me to spend more time with my family. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Mr. Wilson, and I'm fortunate to step away from the job and still remain a part of the team.
"I feel strongly that the team is on the right course for success. We have some excellent talent on our team and Coach Marrone and his staff are doing a terrific job in leading and teaching the players we have on our roster. I was very impressed with the 24 rookies we had in this past weekend, and I'm very excited about the upcoming season. I think this is going to be an exciting time for our team and our fans."
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