Buffalo Bills fire General Manager Doug Whaley

Doug Whaley
FILE - In this Monday, March 9, 2015, file photo, Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley reacts to a question about the future of the team during a news conference at the Ralph Wilson Media Center in Orchard Park, N.Y. The Buffalo Bills fired Whaley in a move that came a day after the NFL draft, and further solidifies rookie head coach Sean McDermott's control over the team. Team owner Terry Pegula announced the move Sunday, April 30, 2017, saying he reached the decision after a lengthy review of the team. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert, File)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Buffalo Bills have fired general manager Doug Whaley.

Bills Owner Terry Pegula released a statement early Sunday morning on the change in management. He writes, “After a thorough review of our football operations over the past several months, Kim and I informed Doug this morning that we will be moving in a new direction. We have enjoyed working with Doug. He is a good person and we want to thank him for his work and commitment to our football team. This was my decision. It was not an easy decision but I believe it is the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills. Our search for a new General Manager will begin immediately.”

Whaley was named general manager in May 2013. He oversaw two of the biggest moves for the franchise in recent years, including the trade to acquire wide receiver Sammy Watkins in the 2014 draft and the trade for running back LeSean McCoy.

Whaley had told the media earlier this year he would oversee the hiring of new head coach Sean McDermott.

Owner Terry Pegula held a press conference in Orchard Park at 11 a.m. Sunday morning.



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