Doug Whaley is taking his football career in a different direction.
The former Bills general manager has been hired as senior vice president for football operations of the XFL, the league announced Thursday.
“Based on his passion for all aspects of football, his intellect and vast experience as an NFL General Manager, we believe that Doug is the perfect choice to lead the XFL’s Football Operations,” XFL commissioner Oliver Luck said in a release, via the Buffalo News. “The quality of the on-field product is paramount to the XFL’s success, and Doug, who is tech-savvy and a firm believer in analytics, brings football credibility and a strong work ethic to the team. I’m excited to begin working with him as we reimagine the game.”
Whaley joined the Bills in 2010 and was promoted to GM in 2013. He held the position until he was fired in April 2017.
Prior to his stint in Buffalo, he served as a pro scouting coordinator for the Steelers for 10 years.
“I would like to thank Oliver for giving me the opportunity to help bring their vision for the XFL to life,” Whaley said. “I’m excited to get started knowing we have a lot of work ahead of us. Nothing is more important than developing a fun, fast-paced game that football fans will embrace, and I look forward to making this challenge a reality.”
The XFL is set to return in 2020. The league will consist of eight teams with a 45-man active rosters playing a 10-game season.