Off the wire

Posted: May 14, 2013 at 3:16 a.m.

FOOTBALL Bills GM steps down Buddy Nix stepped down as the Buffalo Bills General Manager on Monday, the team announced. Nix, 73, will remain with the team in a new role as special assistant. Buffalo drafted Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel with the 16th pick last month as the team is undergoing an overhaul with new coach Doug Marrone. Assistant general manager Doug Whaley, entering his fourth season with the Bills, is expected to take over. Though the Bills did not immediately announced Nix’s replacement, the team has spent much of the past year grooming Whaley to succeed Nix. In signing Whaley to a long-term contract extension in February, both Nix and team president Russ Brandon referred to Whaley as someone who will “transition” into the top job “when the time comes.” Whaley is a former scout and executive with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The next general manager will become the team’s fifth since John Butler was fired during the 2000 season. Buffalo has not enjoyed a winning season since going 9-7 in 2004

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