Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that Bill Polian’s decision to remain at ESPN ultimately came down to him wanting more money than Bills owner Terry Pegula was willing to pay.Florio adds that Polian may have leveraged the Bills’ into a better deal from ESPN that will keep him there “for 2015 and beyond.”
One other issues that likely plated a role in Polian’s, according to Florio, is that he wanted Doug Marrone to remain in place as the team’s head coach.
Tim Graham reports that Polian’s decision changed in the past day after he spoke to Marrone about the organization.
According to Graham, Marrone “ripped” the Bills organization
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that former Colts GM Bill Polian has informed Bills owner Terry Pegula he will remain at ESPN for 2015 and beyond.
- Mortensen adds that the Bills never made Polian a formal offer, but they did discuss a position.
Pegula had reportedly reached out to Polian about an advisory position and eventually gauged his interest in heading the Bills’ front office.
According to Mortensen, Polian ultimately decided he was content with his current quality of personal and professional life.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Bills have not decided on bringing in a football czar, despite the previous reports.
Interestingly enough, Rapoport mentions that Bill Polian and/or Mike Holmgren could be considered for such a role.
One of the reasons for Doug Marrone’s departure was that he was reportedly concerned about the presence of a new football czar, especially if it was someone he wasn’t familiar with.
Jason La Canfora reports that ESPN analyst and former Colts GM Bill Polian will be taking over as the Bills’ team president/football czar.
According to La Canfora, the move may not be announced until late January, due to his current commitments.
La Canfora adds that former GM Buddy Nix, who remains on the Bills’ staff, will not be retained.
Albert Breer of NFL Media adds that Polian to the Bills rumblings have persisted in recent days, and should he take the job, recently fired executive Tom Gamble and Chargers OC Frank Reich could join him in Buffalo.
We’ll have more regarding Polian and the Bills as the news is available.