Orchard Park, NY—Buddy Nix is stepping away from his duties as the Bills Executive Vice President/General Manager and will now transition to the title of Special Assistant, the team announced today.

Nix took over the Bills General Manager duties on the final day of 2009 and has maintained his philosophy of building the team through the NFL Draft. The Bills first selection in the 2010 Draft was RB C.J. Spiller, followed by first-rounder DT Marcell Dareus in 2011 and first-rounder CB Stephon Gilmore last year. The Bills’ choice in the first round of this year’s Draft was QB EJ Manuel out of Florida State.

Nix commented, “I’ve made this decision to step away from the General Manager’s position because I feel it is the right time. 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. Timing is the main thing, but there are other benefits as well. This job is very demanding with a 24-7 schedule of responsibilities. This new position will enable me to spend more time with my family. I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Mr. Wilson and Russ and I’m fortunate to step away from the job and still remain a part of the team.

“I feel strongly that the team is on the right course for success,” Nix added. “We have some excellent talent on our team and Coach Marrone and his staff are doing a terrific job in leading and teaching the players we have on our roster. I was very impressed with the 24 rookies we had in this past weekend and I’m very excited about the upcoming season. I think this is going to be an exciting time for our team and our fans.”

Nix first joined the Bills in 1993 as an Area Scout and served in that capacity until 2000. He re-joined the team in 2009 as the National Scout having served as the Chargers Assistant GM- Director of Player Personnel from 2003-2007 and the team’s Director of Player Personnel from 2001-2002. Nix enjoyed a distinguished coaching career on the college and high school level for more than 30 years.

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