The Buffalo Bills acted swiftly after the 2017 NFL Draft and made a massive change at the top of their front office. After four seasons on the job, general manager Doug Whaley and the entire scouting department were fired.
On Tuesday, the Bills hired Brandon Beane, who spent the last nine seasons as the Assistant GM for the Carolina Panthers, to be their new general manager.
Beane, 40, was a critical cog in the Panthers’ football operations, whose role ranged from college and pro scouting to negotiating trades and player contracts.
“During our search for a new General Manager, Brandon stood out to Kim and I as he embodies the type of leader and type of person we want in our organization. Brandon has excelled in a variety of roles for a Panthers team that has consistently competed at a high level in this league,” Bills Owner/CEO Terry Pegula said.
One of Beane’s biggest and most important early tasks in Buffalo is the creation of an entirely new scouting department. Bills reporter Vic Carucci accurately outlined what lies ahead in his piece about Beane in The Buffalo News.
“This is a huge undertaking, but not necessarily as daunting as it might sound. The expectation is that Beane and McDermott will seek mostly young, hungry, up-and-comers who are open to being taught the McDermott-Beane way of identifying talent and the parameters for the types of players they want on their roster.”
Beane has the benefit of a full year on the job to assess the current roster and build a plan for next year’s offseason. He’ll need it, too, as several key players — like Sammie Watkins and Eric Wood — have contracts set to expire in 2018.