After firing Doug Whaley nine days ago, the Buffalo Bills hired Brandon Beane to be the 13th general manager in team history on Tuesday.
Multiple reports state that Beane’s deal with the Bills is for 5 years.
Beane joins the team after 19 years with the Carolina Panthers front office that included five NFC South titles and two NFC championships. Beane was the assistant GM for the previous two years under Dave Gettleman.
The Bills interviewed four candidates for the GM job, Beane was the only one to receive a second interview.
Current Bills head coach Sean McDermott is no stranger to Beane after working with him for six years from 2011-2016 in Carolina.
Beane began his career with the Panthers as a media relations intern in 1998. Marty Hurney was hired to run the team’s salary cap and he brought Beane aboard in an entry level role.
When Hurney was promoted to GM in 2002, he elevated Beane as well. In 2008, Beane was named director of football operations and oversaw the budgets in a variety of departments including video, equipment, training room, pro and college scouting and player development.
Beane was briefly the Panthers’ interim GM when Hurney was fired in 2012 and was kept on when Dave Gettleman took the permanent GM role before the next season.
Hurney was unsurprisingly gushing over the Bills hire.
“The Bills hit a home run here,” Hurney said in a statement. “Brandon has a feel for every facet of the football side of things: from football to salary cap to operations to everything. You name it, he’s been involved with it. He is one of the hardest workers you will ever find. He is one of the most competitve guys you will ever find, but that’s what drives him. He is exceptional.”
The Bills have announced a press conference for 10:30AM on Friday at One Bills Drive in Orchard Park with Beane and owner Terry Pegula.