Over the past few days, Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon and General Manager Buddy Nix each made vague comments about assistant GM and player-personnel director Doug Whaley sticking around the organization for a long time.

Saturday evening, the Bills announced they’ve signed Whaley to a contract extension. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Whaley, 40, is considered Nix’s heir to the GM office.

“I am happy that we have secured Doug’s services into the future,” Nix, 73, said in a statement released by the club, “and look forward to a smooth transition of the position when the time comes.”

Brandon’s prepared comment emphasized Nix remains in control.

“We are very pleased with the structure of our football operation and look forward to working with Buddy, Doug and the entire staff for many years to come,” Brandon said. “As we have stated previously, there is no timetable for the transition. Our focus continues to be on building the foundation for a winning program.”