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Buddy Nix steps down as Bills GM; Doug Whaley expected to take over

By Tim Graham

Harry Scull Jr./Buffalo News

Sixteen days ago, Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon said "Buddy Nix is our general manager and will be for a long time."

Nix also said his role hadn't changed.

Few people in the know actually believed either of them.

Today, Nix stepped down as GM of the Bills. The move has been expected since Jan. 1, when Brandon took over for Ralph Wilson as team president.

No replacement has been named, although it's assumed 40-year-old assistant GM Doug Whaley will be named Nix's replacement soon. The Bills announced in February that Whaley had signed a contract extension, and the front office has discussed it has had a plan in place for Whaley.


Video: Tim Graham & Mark Gaughan on Buddy Nix's resignation, legacy | Video: Highlights from Nix's news conference | Photo gallery: Nix through the years | Graham's list of the top 5 Nix 'hits' as GM | Top 5 Nix 'misses' | Nix's written statement | Jay Skurski's profile of Doug Whaley


Buddy Nix | Doug Whaley | Ralph Wilson | Russ Brandon
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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

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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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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