In an interview with Sirius XM on Monday, the long-time Bills executive said that he enjoyed his brief stint working with new head coach Sean McDermott and that it "wasn't uncomfortable at all," spending time with him on the draft despite Whaley's impending dismissal.
While his tenure will most likely be remembered for the king's ransom Buffalo paid for Sammy Watkins during the draft that also yielded Mike Evans and Odell Beckham, Jr. (the Billsrecently declined to pick up Watkins' fifth-year option) or the selection of quarterback EJ Manuel in 2013 while closely assisting then-general manager Buddy Nix, Whaley did want fans to know that he left on a high note.
"Obviously we gave up one to go up and get Sammy, but I have to say as a parting gift, we left them with two [first-round picks] going into next year," Whaley said, via ESPN.com.
Whaley, though, became the frugal, trade-back general manager too late. The addition of Rex Ryan did not help his tendency to favor the flashy and expensive move over the more conservative one.
He said in his next job, the quarterback search would be front and center.
"If I get a shot again, I'm going to try to map out a road map to accomplish both at the same time, but try to get that franchise quarterback as quickly as possible," Whaley said. "Because as they say, when you have that guy under center, you only need one guy that's on every day. But if you don't have that guy under center, then you need 45 guys that are on every single game."