The Buffalo Bills didn't wait long to name their new general manager. Three days after Buddy Nix "stepped away" from the position, the team announced Thursday that Doug Whaley was the new GM.

This move was completely expected. It was reported back in January that Bills president/CEO Russ Brandon set up a succession plan from Nix to Whaley as one of Brandon's first orders of business in his new role. The transition happened sooner than some folks expected, but it was only a matter of time.

Whaley's hire ends a long streak this offseason for no minority hiring this offseason. The first 15 head coach and GM-level jobs were not filled by minority candidates. Whaley is African-American, starting his scouting career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He moved to the Bills in 2010, where he has held titles as assistant general manager, director of pro personnel and director of player personnel.