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Whaley to assume Bills' GM role from Nix on Thursday

The Buffalo Bills plan to name Doug Whaley their new general manager on Thursday, according to a league source.

Whaley was identified as the successor to outgoing GM Buddy Nix after the 2012 season and has been groomed for the promotion.

Nix's departure was not a surprise (he is now in a consulting role) and Whaley has developed a strong relationship with executive Russ Brandon, who is in essence the acting owner with Ralph Wilson aging and often in his Detroit home.

Whaley came up through the Steelers ranks, working under their esteemed GM Kevin Colbert.

Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday during the season on The NFL Today.
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