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Bills open to trading down

Posted by Chris Brown on April 22, 2010 – 10:50 am

On draft day just about anything is possible. The right trade offer could come along that Buffalo cannot refuse. That’s why GM Buddy Nix isn’t ruling anything out come Thursday evening.

When asked in a radio interview with Shredd and Ragan on 103.3 The Edge if he’d be open to trading down, Nix said the following.

“It would be a consideration for sure,” Nix said of trading down from pick nine. “Now the only thing about that is you’ve got to have a partner to move down. Somebody has got to want to trade. The second thing is when you see the spot you’re going to move to you have to know who you think you’re going to be able to get at that point. Just having an extra pick or two extra picks, if you don’t get somebody that can help you, there’s no reason to move.”

Nix admits he still leans on gut instinct at times when it comes to the big decisions that can make or break a draft class, but it’s based on months of study and preparation. He also explained that while he has final say on making a call, whether it’s a trade or a move up or down the board, he won’t do it without consultation or consensus.

“I pull the trigger, but I don’t answer the phone,” he said. “There will be somebody on the phone and we’ll discuss it. I’ll find out what the offer is and we’ll discuss it and determine if it was better for us. I don’t make those decisions by myself, but we’ll reach a consensus and I’ll be the one to say we’ll do it, but I want to know that everyone is in the boat.”

Ultimately Nix knows emotion cannot be a part of the decision making process, no matter what the subject is pertaining to draft day decisions. 

“I think patience is a big thing,” he said. “You just can’t be knee jerk and impress people with a lot of moves and trades. You’ve got to have a goal in mind that you’re trying to reach. We’ve got nine picks and we’d like for all nine to improve your football team. If those nine make us a better team, then we’ve done our job.”

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