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Bills extend Doug Whaley’s contract

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The Bills didn’t fire G.M. Doug Whaley. But it’s hard to know what kind of a commitment they’ve made to him.

The team announced that Whaley, who had been signed through 2016, signed a contract extension on Sunday. But the team has provided no specific about the terms of the deal.

“We are pleased to announce a multi-year contract extension with our General Manager Doug Whaley,” owner Terry Pegula said.  “Doug has demonstrated an excellent eye for talent and has been an asset to the organization on many levels.  I look forward to working closely with Doug and coach [Rex] Ryan for many years to come.”

For Pegula, “many years” could be one year, if a recent report from the Buffalo News is accurate regarding the playoffs-or-bust ultimatum given to Whaley and Ryan. Without knowing the number of years covered by Whaley’s extension and, more importantly, the extent to which it’s guaranteed, it’s impossible to know whether Pegula has structured the deal to make it easy to move on after 2016.

So Whaley has job security. Unless he doesn’t. More importantly for the Bills, an impression of continuity has been created for the coming year, regardless of whether the Bills will be deciding to make major changes if a playoff drought that dates to 1999 continues into 2017.

And that may not be bad news for Bills fans. If Whaley and Ryan have jointly been put on notice that they’re in danger of losing their jobs after next season, they have no choice but to work together to help each other, since there’s no way either guy can individually help himself.

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31 Responses to “Bills extend Doug Whaley’s contract”
  1. joetoronto says: Jan 10, 2016 6:19 PM

    Bouya! We can continue to laugh at the Bills for a long time to come.

  2. floratiotime says: Jan 10, 2016 6:20 PM

    Commitment to mediocrity.

  3. corky2141 says: Jan 10, 2016 6:22 PM

    Whaley does have job security, just not necessarily with the bills. Rarely do you go from the corner office to the street corner

  4. polkhigh4life says: Jan 10, 2016 6:33 PM

    Whaley has done his job…PERIOD….any1 who thinks or says he hasn’t or that he’s been a bad GM doesn’t remember the T. Donahue years…or the god awful Russ Brandon GM year…Aaron Maybin anyone??…the one of few bright spots this organization has had….break it down…his 1st two years as “Official GM”…9-7, 8-8….for a perennial loser…it’s a downright incredible job…Many other teams would kill for a guy who brings in this kind of talent,,,i.e. Browns, Jags, Colts, Dolphins, etc

  5. kplaya says: Jan 10, 2016 6:43 PM

    Couldn’t agree more with polk👆🏾

  6. ohand16 says: Jan 10, 2016 6:54 PM

    Polk be a genius

  7. mmacify says: Jan 10, 2016 6:55 PM

    “Whaley has done his job…PERIOD….any1 who thinks or says he hasn’t or that he’s been a bad GM doesn’t remember the T. Donahue years…or the god awful Russ Brandon GM year”

    This shows how low the expectations are for some Buffalo fans. Because Whaley is not a complete imbicile like some of our previous GMs, we shouldn’t complain.

    Whaley has made some nice moves, granted, but he has also made terrible moves that have hamstrung the organization. These are terrible moves that no other GM was thinking of making (e.g., having EJ Manual be possible starting or backup QB, which cost them two games and the playoffs this year; badly evaluating the WR class coming out in 2014 to move up and draft Watkins, at least equal talent would have been available standing pat; missing on most OL moves; badly overpaying McCoy and Charles Clay, leaving the team little cap space going into this off-season, etc.).

    There are many Bills fans that realize we’ve had worse but would still like to hope for a GM that could forge a championship team. Whaley ain’t him.

  8. redripper says: Jan 10, 2016 6:59 PM

    Is this the same genius that passed on Odell beckham and wasted a first rd pick on ej manuel?

  9. rutledge3197 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:02 PM

    Polkhigh4life….. What time do the Bills play next week ??

  10. plum54 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:04 PM

    The rest of the NFL thanks you!

  11. nhpats says: Jan 10, 2016 7:07 PM

    Awesome! Now let’s just hope they keep Rex for a long….long time.

  12. widerightyouloseagain says: Jan 10, 2016 7:11 PM

    He built a team with no QB and lousy character.

    Then he could have had Beckham for a 1st round pick, but spent 2 on Watkins instead.

    On top of that, he wasted a 1st round pick, EJ Manuel, EJ Manuel.

    Wide right, you lose again.

  13. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 10, 2016 7:15 PM

    “So Whaley has job security.”

    No, he has financial security. This in no way let’s him or Rex of the hook if they fail next year. It is however a message to Rex that he can’t count on outlasting Whaley and a not so subtle reminder that the cost of a contract won’t save anybody’s spot at the table

  14. gah05 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:16 PM

    Whaley has made some good and bad moves, he will only get better with experience. Rex was not his hire BTW.

  15. stillabillsfan says: Jan 10, 2016 7:18 PM

    WHaley didn’t draft EJ. If you’re going to bash a guy at least be correct.

  16. catquick says: Jan 10, 2016 7:23 PM

    Lots of teams could have had Beckham, but didn’t take him. Why pin this on Whaley? More importantly, as a Bills fan, I try to read all pertinent posts, and see the same names post disparaging remarks EVERY TIME! I have to wonder about the mental health of these kids. It seems unhealthy, quizzical even. What’s the payoff? What empty lives. They advertise it too. Sad little kittens.

  17. rocbills says: Jan 10, 2016 7:30 PM

    I too have made that exact observation many times .

  18. billsrule2015 says: Jan 10, 2016 7:40 PM

    Hope Terry Pegula told Whaley I will only extend your contract if you release the 1st round waste EJ Bustuel!

  19. bettywhiteshairnet says: Jan 10, 2016 7:42 PM

    polkhigh4life | Jan 10, 2016, 6:33 PM EST
    Whaley has done his job…PERIOD….any1 who thinks or says he hasn’t or that he’s been a bad GM doesn’t remember the T. Donahue years…or the god awful Russ Brandon GM year…Aaron Maybin anyone??…the one of few bright spots this organization has had….break it down…his 1st two years as “Official GM”…9-7, 8-8….for a perennial loser…it’s a downright incredible job…Many other teams would kill for a guy who brings in this kind of talent,,,i.e. Browns, Jags, Colts, Dolphins, etc

    ——-
    You sir are informed. Finally a true and accurate observation. 👏👊

  20. joetoronto says: Jan 10, 2016 7:46 PM

    Anyone who thinks Whaley deserved any of blame for the disappointing season, is severely mistaken and likely either knows not what they’re talking about, or have not bothered to take the time to know. The same is said for anyone who thinks this was a poor decision.

  21. toldlikeitis says: Jan 10, 2016 8:01 PM

    They took a step back at qb when Orton left the building. Whaley hasn’t done much good – lots mediocre draft picks. Kyle Williams will be gone next year. Defense will take a step back.

  22. bettywhiteshairnet says: Jan 10, 2016 8:08 PM

    widerightyouloseagain | Jan 10, 2016, 7:11 PM EST
    He built a team with no QB and lousy character.

    Then he could have had Beckham for a 1st round pick, but spent 2 on Watkins instead.

    On top of that, he wasted a 1st round pick, EJ Manuel, EJ Manuel.

    Wide right, you lose again.

    ————
    Built a team with lousy character? Then the very next sentence you state that he could have drafted OBJ instead of Sammy. Im sorry to break it to you, but you contradicted yourself by stating we have character issues and should have gotten OBJ who has no class. EJ was a mistake, I agree with that one, however that pick was on Nix, not Whaley.

  23. jr4real says: Jan 10, 2016 8:25 PM

    Whaley has done a decent job. Rex will ruin any team. How about Tom Donahue back in charge in Philly!? That can only end badly. Maybe that’s Rex’s next stop.

  24. tylawspick6 says: Jan 10, 2016 8:32 PM

    Another stupid AFC team decision. There’s been 4 this week:

    1. This one.
    2. Miami signs Gase at age 37 with Suh in the lockerrom and a complete cap mess.
    3. Pagano and Grigson. Just speechless.
    4. Marvie Lewis staying on board as opposed to never winning a playoff game in 7 tries.

    As a Pats fan, I am loving it.

  25. pioniere says: Jan 10, 2016 8:36 PM

    They have extended Whaley so his contract length matches that of Rex Ryan. Ryan has 3 years left. Not saying that’s how long they have to get it right, but I think they need to reach the playoffs this coming season or else.

  26. spoiledsport99 says: Jan 10, 2016 9:50 PM

    I’m OK with this, Whaley has been decent at finding solid players in the draft and with trades. He isn’t perfect but no GM is.

  27. tonebones says: Jan 10, 2016 11:25 PM

    Whether a team goes 0-16 or 16-0, the owner is making billions of dollars. They don’t care enough about football to go out and find a good GM. In the business world, a bad GM can cost you billions. Not in football. Everyone thinks owners are stupid, but they’re laughing all the way to the bank. They just don’t care as much as you do.

  28. peytonmanningsforehead says: Jan 11, 2016 12:31 AM

    The bills will always suck, and here we have more proof. Whaley, (Train) Wrecks Ryan and now Rob Ryan running this turd show? 0-16 is a definite possibility next season. Losers. Perennial losers.

  29. redripper says: Jan 11, 2016 5:01 AM

    Hey stillabillsfan, wasn’t bashing him. Noticed i used a question mark?????

  30. iammrbinky says: Jan 11, 2016 5:11 AM

    I’m still laughing at Rob Ryan joining the Bills staff and can’t enjoy this nugget. The Pegula’s are killing me.

  31. intrafinesse says: Jan 11, 2016 7:46 AM

    Why is this a bad move?
    Whaley seems to have drafted well since he took over after the 2013 draft.
    He’s not the one who hired Rex.

    2 negatives

    1 – I don’t like the Watkins trade, but Watkins is a good receiver (when he’s on the field).

    2 – The Shady McCoy trade – I’m not sure about. Let’s see how Kiko Alonso does in 2016. I think the Eagles got the better of the trade. Maybe this is Rex’s influence.

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    tylawspick6 says:
    Jan 10, 2016 8:32 PM
    Another stupid AFC team decision. There’s been 4 this week:

    1. This one.

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