Bills officially promote Doug Whaley as GM

The Buffalo Bills, as expected, promoted former assistant general manager Doug Whaley to the top spot as general manager on Thursday. It comes just three days after former general manager Buddy Nix stepped down to take a lesser role with the team.

This decision has been in the works for months, as Buffalo’s front office prepared for the transition to Whaley. Nix, 73, took on a less-taxing role as special assistant earlier this week now that the NFL draft is complete.

Whaley is thought of very highly in the organization and was being groomed for the GM role. Before joining the Bills, he spent 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, which included two Super Bowl titles following the 2006 and 2009 seasons. We will have more on this move this afternoon in the AFC East blog.