Buddy Nix Buffalo Bills Approval Poll: February 2013

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Now that the entire NFL is in off-season mode, the work for Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix and his personnel staff is ramping up. What's he been up to lately, you ask? Read on.

To this point, we've had one Buffalo Rumblings approval poll each for President/CEO Russ Brandon and head coach Doug Marrone (both of which now have a new poll live on our home page, by the way). Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix, however, is a man that fans are much more familiar with.

Retained as the GM by Brandon, Nix's approval rating raised to 65 percent last month, putting him roughly in line with Brandon (65 percent) and Marrone (60 percent) as the Bills move into a new era (or a new chapter of the same era, which may be the case if the new regime can't win). While Brandon has been securing big-time deals for the franchise and Marrone has been hiring his coaching staff, Nix and his personnel men have begun work on the 2013 NFL Draft.

Specifically, Bills scouts were spotted at college bowl games and prospect bowls (like the Senior Bowl and the East-West Shrine Game) this past month. At the Senior Bowl, Nix admitted that he was focusing most of his attention on quarterback, wide receiver and linebacker prospects.

In case you're not up to speed on the subject, here's a list of the Bills' unrestricted free agents this year. Along with the obvious names (Jairus Byrd and Andy Levitre), the Bills are reportedly interested in re-signing defensive end Kyle Moore, as well. More names may emerge from that list as players the Bills would like to retain.

We're still more than a month away from the start of the veteran player acquisition period, but one player the Bills have already been linked to is San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith. It probably won't be the last time the Bills are linked to a quarterback this off-season, so buckle up.

For an archive of past Nix approval polls here at Buffalo Rumblings (as well as links to hubs for Brandon and Marrone), be sure to check out the Nix approval ratings hub.

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