BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Doug Whaley’s three seasons as the Bills General Manager have been filled with mixed results, but ownership are devoted to Whaley’s vision.
Terry and Kim Pegula gave him a contract extension in January. When the decision was announced there were rumors that Whaley received an ultimatum. Whaley laughed at the thought, “it’s a results based business. We all know that and we’re all competitors and we know what we signed up for when we got into this job. We thrive on that stuff.”
Doug and his staff have a lot of work to do this offseason and very little money to work with, so the Bills will focus primarily on adding key pieces through the NFL draft. Whaley added, “we are exploring every position because if you look up and down our roster, there’s not a position, really, that you couldn’t say, “they could use a guy there.” maybe runningback just because of what Gillislee did at the end of the year and carlos williams and shady.”
The teams intitial offseason priority will be to their own free agents including tackle Cordy Glenn and guard Richie Incognito. “We’ve met with the coaches. Rex and I, the Pegula’s, Jim Ovendorf and Russ Brandon, we’ve set our pecking order on our to-do list. The two or three guys that we are going to target first and work down from there.”
Whaley and his staff had a very good 2015 offseason acquiring talent through the draft, trades, and free agency. Landing a more instant contributors in 2016 could have the bills in playoff contention in the near future.