Polian passes on Bills, staying at ESPN

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Bill Polian has confirmed to The Associated Press that he has taken himself out of the running for a proposed front-office job with the Buffalo Bills, and instead is staying in broadcasting.

Polian says he informed Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula of his decision Thursday. The decision followed several discussions with the Pegulas, who had gauged Polian’s interest about potentially taking a job with his former team.

ESPN, for whom Polian works, first reported the development.

Polian’s announcement comes a day after Bills head coach Doug Marrone left the team by exercising the opt-out clause in his contract.

The Pegulas bought the Bills in October and are considering a veteran presence to oversee the football operation in what would be a newly created role.

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