Bills begin GM search

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BUFFALO, NY – OCTOBER 16: Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula and Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley walk the field before the game before the Buffalo Bills and the San Francisco 49ers at New Era Field on October 16, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

As the Bills look to the future, their past isn’t quite ready to let go. 

Reportedly, Buffalo has asked permission of Carolina to interview Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane about their open general manager position. 

Beane was rumored as a top candidate to replace Doug Whaley as GM even before Whaley was fired on Sunday. 

The reason for Whaley’s firing was debated heavily on twitter Monday. 

Jason LaCanfora got the ball rolling with a tweet saying the last straw with Whaley was trading down in the first round. According to LaCanfora, Terry Pegula wanted quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 

Multiple tweets from Western New York refuted that theory. Vic Carucci from the Buffalo News reported Monday that McDermott would not have taken the job as head coach if Whaley were still allowed to be in charge of the roster. 

Carucci also added McDermott had the Pegulas at “hello”, with “hello” being a dinner on the Pegula yacht the night before the formal head coaching interview. McDermott will have substantial say in who the new GM will be and the general direction of the team moving forward. 

Among the other names suggested for as the Bills GM are Chiefs co-director of pro personnel Brett Veach. He’s worked with McDermott mentor Andy Reid for years and shares an agent with McDermott. 

Also, Seattle personnel exec Ed Dodds and Jets director of college scouting Rex Hogan are rumored to be on the Pegula list. 

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