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Modrak's status uncertain

Buffalo Bills Assistant General Manager Tom Modrak could be overseeing his last draft for the team this weekend.

Modrak's contract with the team is due to run out after the draft, and there have not been any substantive talks on renewing his deal.

There has been speculation within the team and among some scouts around the NFL that Modrak will be out, given the fact the Bills have waited until the end of his contract to settle his status. However, the Bills said Friday that no decision has been made on his future.

"It has been and remains our plan to discuss it with Tom after the draft," said Bills General Manager Marv Levy.

Those discussions are scheduled for the coming week.

Modrak has spent the past six years with the Bills. He was hired by Tom Donahoe, former Bills president and general manager, in June 2001.

Modrak survived Donahoe's firing last January. When Levy was hired it was suggested that Modrak would have a much more prominent role in evaluation of both pro personnel and college players. That did not really materialize. Modrak's duties have remained largely in the college area.

John Guy is the Bills' director of pro personnel and oversees the scouting of free agents and the analysis of Bills opponents during the season. He also was brought to the organization by Donahoe in 2001. Guy's position with the team is considered strong, and there have been rumors within the team he could be in line for a vice president's title in the coming months.

Modrak has 30 years of NFL experience and came to Buffalo with a strong track record in the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia organizations. The Bills have gotten good production out of their picks during Modrak's tenure, with one glaring exception -- tackle Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick of the 2002 draft. The 2003 draft was an especially strong one, with Chris Kelsay, Angelo Crowell and Terrence McGee being taken after first-round pick Willis McGahee. The book still is to be written on the last several drafts.

Modrak said at the team's pre-draft news conference last week he was proud of his work with the team.

"We still have 65 percent of the guys we've drafted here," Modrak said. "The wins and losses haven't kicked in yet. But I feel very good about what we've done [in the draft]."

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