Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley approval poll: May 2014

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Bills fans that were excited for Doug Whaley's first full offseason in charge of Buffalo's football personnel were treated to a slew of major headlines over the past few months. How'd he do?

Doug Whaley made one thing very clear in his first full offseason as general manager of the Buffalo Bills: if he's only getting one swing at turning the Bills into a playoff team, he's going to take a very big cut.

Double down on the risky, perhaps injury-prone EJ Manuel? No problem. Players with off-field concerns of varying degrees? Come one, come all. Trade next year's first-round pick to acquire a (possibly outstanding) wide receiver? Check. Speaking of trades: how about wheeling and dealing with the fervor of a floor broker at the New York Stock Exchange? Whaley has that one covered, as well.

This has been one of the busiest personnel cycles that an NFL team has seen in quite some time - and that's speaking generally, and not about the usually-conservative Bills. When names like Jairus Byrd and Stevie Johnson are no longer members of the organization, and those stories are buried by another layer or two of intrigue, you know that your team has been making plenty of headlines.

As much as we may admire (or worry about) Whaley's aggression, however, the only thing that ultimately matters is yield. We'll get to the on-field results this fall, when the team that Whaley and Doug Marrone begins what it hopes will be the end of a 14-year long playoff drought. Right now, however, for the purposes of our monthly Whaley approval rating and the ensuing discussion, we'll list the yield of his labors to begin the festivities.

  • RB Bryce Brown (Eagles via trade)
  • RB Anthony Dixon (49ers)
  • WR Sammy Watkins (rookie)
  • WR Mike Williams (trade)
  • OT Cyrus Kouandjio (rookie)
  • OG Chris Williams (Rams)
  • OG Cyril Richardson (rookie)
  • DT Jarius Wynn (Cowboys)
  • LB Brandon Spikes (Patriots)
  • LB Keith Rivers (Giants)
  • LB Preston Brown (rookie)
  • CB Corey Graham (Ravens)
  • CB Ross Cockrell (rookie)
  • TE Scott Chandler
  • DT Marcell Dareus (2015 option)
  • DT Alan Branch
  • S Aaron Williams
  • K Dan Carpenter
  • P Brian Moorman
  • WR Stevie Johnson (49ers, trade)
  • DT Alex Carrington (Rams)
  • LB Arthur Moats (Steelers)
  • S Jairus Byrd (Saints)
  • S Jim Leonhard
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