PHOENIX -- Despite being turned down by Bill Polian, the Buffalo Bills are still very much in the market to hire someone to advise them on football matters, The Buffalo News has learned.
The Bills had offered that job to Polian, their former general manager, but he decided to remain in his current roles as an NFL analyst for ESPN and SiriusXM NFL Radio.
According to NFL sources, the Bills now are looking at someone who doesn't have Polian's lofty stature, yet possesses the experience to provide guidance to GM Doug Whaley when it comes to evaluating talent.
One name that has surfaced is Cleveland Browns senior player-personnel associate Ron Hill, who has been highly recommended by the NFL, which has been counseling Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula. The Bills could hire him as long as the position they are offering is a promotion, and the Browns are unlikely to stand in Hill's way.
Hill has 34 years of experience as an NFL scout and player personnel executive. Before joining the Browns, Hill was the NFL’s vice president of football operations.
He spent seven years as vice president of football operations and vice president of player personnel for the Atlanta Falcons. Hill also was director of pro personnel for the Jacksonville Jaguars, assistant director of player personnel for the Denver Broncos, and a scout for the Dallas Cowboys.
During his involvement in player-personnel in the league, Hill has been a part of four Super Bowls and 10 conference title game appearances.