Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) -- The Buddy Nix era as the General Manager of the Buffalo Bills is over.
The team officially announced on Monday that Nix would be stepping away from his role as GM of the team, and has been named a special assistant to the franchise. Hired back in December of 2009, the 73-year old was in charge of the past four drafts before stepping down Monday as the man calling the shots for the roster.
"I've made this decision to step away from the General Manager's position because I feel it is the right time," Nix said via press release. "By the 'right time' I mean I think we have a good young roster, an excellent head coach with a good staff, and it's time to let someone else handle these responsibilities and move forward together."
What will Nix's new role as a "special assistant" include? Bills President and CEO Russ Brandon said Nix will still weigh in on important issues.
"He’s still going to be a vital part of the organization," he said. "He’s still going play a significant role with our football operation. He will assist me and he will assist coach Marrone and the next general manager on project work that we all work on together and we discuss."
"I'm going to have my office at home. It'll be every thing I've got here," Nix added. "I get all the tape, I get everything. Whatever Russ, whoever the general manager is and Doug Marrone… anyway I can help I'll do it. I'm going to still come to camp. You guys, you're not going to get off that easy. I'll still be around."
At this point in time, the Bills have not made an announcement as to who will be the next GM, but signs continue to point in the direction of Assistant GM Doug Whaley. Over the course of the past couple of years, Whaley has taken on more and more responsibility and even signed a contract extension on February 23.
Regardless of the evidence, the Bills insist no decision has been made.
"We have a plan, and we’re going to execute that plan," Brandon remarked. "Today is about Buddy. And when I’m ready to address the other situation at some point we’ll be sitting all here again together but I’m not going to do that today or any time in the very near future."
A long-time member of the Bills organization, Fred Jackson looked back glowingly on Nix's tenure.
"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Buddy," the running back said. "I think that's the number one thing you like in this business is somebody being straight forward with you, and he's been that guy. He's told me what I needed to work on to be here and what I have to do to be here. A guy that gives you that type of input, you know you're going to listen to him."
Before he waved goodbye to the GM post, Nix said he thinks the organization is on the right track.
"I think the thing that probably I'm the most proud of will be the next two or three years if that makes any sense," he said. "I think we've got a really good, young roster. I love our head coach. I think he's a guy that's gonna win a lot of games here for a long time. And after spending the weekend with this group of rookies, 24 of them, I mean it's fun to watch."
Nix first hooked on with the Bills in 1993 as an area scout and stayed with the team until joining the San Diego Chargers in 2000.