As expected, Buddy Nix is stepping down from his role as general manager of the Buffalo Bills. The team announced Monday that Nix will take on an advisory role in the front office. It is expected that Bills assistant general manager Doug Whaley will be promoted to the lead post.

This move has been in the works for several months as Nix, 73, transitions to a less-taxing phase in his career. Nix wanted to make sure he finished the 2013 NFL draft as the lead voice of the Bills and will now serve as a Special Assistant. Nix's final big move was to land former Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel in the first round. Nix hopes he finally provided the Bills a franchise quarterback before stepping down.

Whaley is a bright, up-and-comer who has done a lot of work behind the scenes in Buffalo as assistant general manager. Whaley also came from a winning program before joining the Bills. He spent 10 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers' organization and played a role in their recent Super Bowl victories after the 2006 and 2009 seasons.