The Buffalo Bills have announced that general manager Buddy Nix will be stepping down from his position with the team. This move does not come as a surprise at all. It was announced earlier this year that Nix would stop running the Bills at some point after the draft and it appears that time is now.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter passed along the news today on Twitter:
Bills announced Buddy Nix is stepping away from GM role.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 13, 2013
Nix was employed by the Bills from 1993 to 2000 as a scout, before leaving to join the San Diego Chargers where he initially served as Director of Pro Player Personnel and was later promoted to assistant general manager. He returned to the Bills as a National Scout in 2009 before becoming the team’s general manager.
With Nix stepping down from the position, assistant general manager Doug Whaley, who signed a contract extension in February, is expected to take over for Nix. The team had announced after Whaley’s extension that they had a plan in store for him and this could have been it all along.
Whaley will become the sixth African-American general manager in the league.