The Buffalo Bills announced on Thursday morning that assistant GM Doug Whaley has been promoted to general manager.
Whaley replaces Buddy Nix, who stepped aside from that role on Monday and is now working in a "special assistant" role to the club.
"He did a great job of helping to pick players and scouting," Nix said of Whaley. "He’s a level-headed mature guy and he makes the right decisions. He’s very loyal and will be to the Bills for a long time."
Whaley, 41, joined the Bills organization as director of pro personnel in 2010 after spending over ten seasons in the scouting department with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Whaley was promoted to assistant GM in 2011 and has been viewed as the Bills' "GM-in waiting". Whaley was actively involved in the team's search for a new head coach in January and received a contract extension in February, though it remained unclear when Whaley would replace Nix as general manager.
As recently as the Bills' post-draft press conference on April 27, CEO Russ Brandon said that Nix would be the GM for "a long time". Less than three weeks later, Nix is out, Whaley is in, and the Bills are moving forward.