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Marrone can leave, but it’s still likely he’ll stay


Sunday night’s Football Night in America included first word of a new item that could potentially turn the Bills’ franchise upside down. Coach Doug Marrone has a three-day out clause in his contract. The window was triggered by the sale of the team to Terry and Kim Pegula, and it expires three days after the end of the season.

Marrone has not provided a definitive answer on whether he’ll stay; indeed, he hasn’t even acknowledged the existence of the term. But he was, and still is, expected to remain with the team.

The smart play would be to use the three-day window to try to finagle an extension or greater authority. Or, if ownership is contemplating front-office changes, to lobby for those changes to be made.

Of course, if Marrone makes demands there’s a chance the Bills will call his bluff. Despite his ability to walk away from the Bills, Marrone’s name has not been mentioned in connection with any of the five current vacancies.

At a time when changes are anticipated for the franchise, it could be that ownership wants to know whether Marrone will indeed be staying before deciding who will, or won’t, be going.