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Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Bills' Ralph Wilson relinquishes control

By James Walker

The first day of 2013 will mark a major change within the Buffalo Bills organization.

ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter reports Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson will relinquish control of the team and promote Chief Operating Officer Russ Brandon to team president. Brandon has worked for the Bills since 1997, including the previous three years as COO.

The Bills will hold a noon press conference to announce the news.

Wilson's age (94) and health concerns factored into this decision. This week Wilson had to go through another head coaching change after firing Chan Gailey on Monday. With the coaching decision complete and a new 10-year stadium lease in tow, Wilson is content to officially hand over the reigns.

Brandon now will take over the daily operations in Buffalo and make the key decisions. His first order of business will be finding a new head coach. The Bills (6-10) are in the market for their third head coach in the past five seasons.