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Mike Mularkey has worked out a contract settlement with the Buffalo Bills and is out as head coach, ESPN.com's John Clayton has confirmed.

The Bills' coach met Thursday with high-ranking team officials, league sources told ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli.

The Bills have scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. ET Friday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported.

It is believed that the meeting included Bills owner Ralph Wilson and newly appointed general manager Marv Levy.

Sources said that, because of family considerations, Mularkey intended to walk away after only two seasons, but felt that he needed to meet with Bills management before he formally tendered his resignation. Mularkey had lengthy meetings with Wilson last week as the Bills owner dramatically reshuffled the football operation.

Wilson fired team president/general manager Tom Donahoe, re-hired Levy, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Bills to four Super Bowl appearances, and made other changes to the front office. It is believed that Wilson also suggested changes in the coaching staff and Mularkey subsequently dismissed five assistants.

In the wake of Donahoe's dismissal, Mularkey has become the new target for fans critical of the team's direction. Friends of Mularkey said he was deeply affected by the firing of Donahoe and that this season exacted a physical and mental toll.

In two seasons, Mularkey has compiled a 14-18 record, including a disappointing 5-11 mark in 2005.

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Cannot get the image out of my mind of 80-year old Marv Levy and 76-year old Ralph Wilson threatening to personally smack the snot out of Mularkey unless he resigned. It's like a "Seinfeld" episode.

Haslett figures to get that job. he was with the Bills as a player for a long time.

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