On Tuesday, the Bills hired Brandon Beane as their new general manager, the team announced.
A clear connection will lead Brandon Beane to Buffalo, and Sean McDermott will have a familiar face helping him make decisions in an attempt to lead the Bills back to prominence. Beane even had a stint as the Panthers' interim general manager in the second half of the 2012 season.
It's a shame Buffalo hired Beane after the draft considering it was one of his expertise in Carolina, but he still has plenty to offer up. According to a statement released by Buffalo, Beane impressed team owners Terry and Kim Pegula during the search process. We feel his vast understanding and experience in many facets of football operations will be invaluable to our club moving forward.
Beane started his career in pro football with the Carolina Panthers. Notably absent from Beane's resume is experience as an area scout.
A press conference to introduce Beane is schedule for Friday at 10:30 am, ahead of Bills rookies reporting for their first mini camp.
This wide array of knowledge of the multiple levels and divisions of an National Football League franchise separates Beane from Whaley - who earned his stripes as a player personnel evaluator.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera praised the job Beane did in Carolina, and wished him well in Buffalo.
Upon firing Whaley, Pegula said he was seeking a GM who would have a collaborative front-office structure. Now, he'll run the show in Buffalo along with McDermott, who was the Panthers' defensive coordinator from 2011-16. Clearly McDermott had his say on who the Bills drafted in Philadelphia two weekends ago.
Buffalo has not made the postseason since the 1999 season and have recorded just two winning seasons (9-7) over the past 17 years.