Former Buffalo Bills general manager Bill Polian refuted a report from Pro Football Talk Saturday that he could be returning to the team “as soon as Monday.”
“It’s about as wrong as can be,” Polian told The Buffalo News. “I’m not going to work for anybody Monday morning except ESPN.”
Polian, an NFL analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio, has been mentioned in frequent speculation about a return to the Bills since Terry and Kim Pegula bought the team in October.
“This has been a rumor that has ebbed and flowed in Buffalo since the team was sold,” said Polian, who has also been general manager of the Carolina Panthers and president of the Indianapolis Colts.
“I have steadfastly refused, throughout my career, to deal with rumors and I continue to do so to this day,” Polian said. “This much is certain: I will be working tomorrow for ESPN and next week and the weeks thereafter for ESPN.”
The PFT report did not specify Polian’s role with the Bills, but there has been ample speculation that he would serve as a consultant or in a larger capacity overseeing the team’s football operation.
According to league sources, there might have been third-party contact between the Bills and Polian to gauge his interest. However, the sources said, “there have been no substantive talks of any kind.”
It is believed that Polian has not yet decided whether he even wants to return to an NFL front-office position. It is also believed that he would not make any decision of that kind without his family being fully on board.
Polian is a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2015, and it is believed that he would not want to do anything to hurt his chances for selection by being employed by an NFL team. The Hall vote is scheduled for Jan. 31.
Contrary to the PFT report, league sources say that Polian’s son, Chris, pro personnel director for the Jacksonville Jaguars, is not involved in any way with his father’s future plans.
“The only contractual agreement I have is with ESPN, period,” Polian said.