Right after the 2017 NFL draft, Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula got to work to find their new general manager. After a handful of interviews over the past week and half they formally named Carolina Assistant general manager Brandon Beane as the 13th General Manager in Bills history.
Beane was the first of four candidates to interview with the club last Thursday. He was the only candidate given a second interview before his hiring was finalized.
“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,” Bills Owner/CEO Terry Pegula in a team statement. “Brandon has excelled in a variety of roles for a Panthers team that has consistently competed at a high level in this league.
“We feel his vast understanding and experience in many facets of football operations will be valuable to our club moving forward.”
The most attractive quality that Beane brought to the table was clearly his versatility having worked in just about every football department of the Panthers organization over the past 19 years.
Spending the last nine years as assistant GM and Director of Football Operations, Beane has coordinated all aspects of the Carolina football operation from personnel to scouting, player development, coaching as well as the medical and strength and conditioning staffs.
Working alongside Panthers GM Dave Gettelman, Beane assisted in the evaluation of players at both the pro and college level. He has helped to build the Carolina draft board each of the past six years in addition to directing portions of the club’s draft including trade negotiations.
His contributions to the construction of the Carolina roster were instrumental in the Panthers run to Super Bowl XL and an NFC Championship in 2015.
Beane, 40, has additionally handled player contract negotiations and has a firm working knowledge of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
He obviously has a prior working relationship with Bills head coach Sean McDermott, as the two spent six years working together in the Carolina organization (2011-2016). It should make for a seamless partnership in Buffalo’s front office.
“We believe his vision for the Buffalo Bills combined with his detailed approach will help build a foundation for sustained success,” Pegula said of Beane.