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Buffalo Bills sign GM Doug Whaley to contract extension

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Bills GM Doug Whaley is no longer a lame duck front office executive; now, he'll (probably) have as long as Rex Ryan has to end Buffalo's 16-year streak without a playoff appearance.

The Buffalo Bills have signed general manager Doug Whaley to a contract extension. Team owner Kim Pegula tweeted the news during NFL playoff action on Sunday afternoon, from what appears to be a lovely, warm locale aboard a boat.

News emerged last week that the Bills were planning on signing Whaley, who before the extension was entering the final year of his deal. One report indicates that the Bills planned on giving him a four-year extension, so that Whaley's deal ends at the same time that the five-year deal that Rex Ryan is one year into expires. That particular detail has not yet been confirmed, by the team or otherwise.

Whaley has been the Bills' general manager since just after the 2013 NFL Draft; he took over for Buddy Nix, who stepped aside at that juncture. He has been with the Bills since the 2010 season, and now, all logic points to his Bills career coinciding precisely with Ryan's.

Also, if that's the boat that the Bills were on when they traded Kiko Alonso for LeSean McCoy last year... well, let's hope that their latest aquatic transaction pans out just as well for them.