Bills head coach Sean McDermott was asked near the end of Thursday's OTA news conference about the recent comments by ex-general manager Doug Whaley, who crowed about leaving the organization a "parting gift" in the form of two first-round draft choices in 2018.
"I appreciate that," McDermott said. "We appreciate it. We are going to use those to better this organization, both in the short and long term."
Pressed on how much he was involved in the "gift," McDermott laughed out loud. "It was a team effort, it really was," he said. "As I've said from the beginning, this is a total team effort, and it will continue to be a team effort moving forward."
Maybe someone should have asked him about the gift of tight end Charles Clay, one of many huge contracts that were handed out during Whaley's time and continue to bloat the Bills' salary structure. McDermott admitted Thursday that he was concerned about Clay's lingering knee issues, and said they're "managing" the situation moving forward.
Clay, who signed a five-year, $38 million contract two years ago, is a $9 million cap hit this season, fifth-highest on the roster. He's also on the books for $9 million the next two years. That's a lot for a tight end who has averaged 38 yards a game receiving in 28 games in Buffalo.
How about some of the other gifts bestowed on the Bills by Whaley and Jim Overdorf? Marcell Dareus, the gift who keeps on giving? Jerry Hughes? It's no wonder the Bills didn't want Whaley speaking in public.