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Bills fire GM Doug Whaley, scouting staff

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The 2017 NFL Draft ended yesterday, and the Buffalo Bills took no time in making some major changes to their franchise. Sunday turned into Black Sunday for the front office in Buffalo, where general manager Doug Whaley and the entire scouting staff were fired Sunday morning.

Whaley was first hired by the Bills in 2010, working as the assistant GM until 2013, when he assumed the top role. It has never seemed to be a smooth operation for the Bills front office, and now the entire scouting staff from Whaley down have been fired.

Bills owner Terry Pegula released a statement after Whaley was relieved of his position.

After a thorough review of our football operation over the past several months, Kim and I informed Dough 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 committement to our football team. This was my decision. It was not an easy decision but I believe it’s the right one for the future of the Buffalo Bills. Our search for a new general manager will begin immediately.

Since Whaley was promoted to being the GM, the Bills have had three head coaches, with Doug Marrone opting out of his contract after two seasons, Rex Ryan being fired after two seasons, and Sean McDermott being hired this offseason. Rumors have swirled that Whaley was going to be fired for several months now, but things seemed to settle down when McDermott was hired and the GM continued in his role.

Jason La Canfora has stated Carolina Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane may be the top candidate for the now vacant Bills GM position.

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