You don't get the nickname "Big Baller Beane" for nothing.
Since 2018, Brandon Beane and the front office have transformed this Bills' roster from one that had the most dead cap in NFL history to one that is ready to contend for a Super Bowl.
On Thursday, NFL.com editor Gregg Rosenthal came out with his annual GM Power Rankings. In 2020, he had Beane ranked No. 12 and in 2021 he had Beane moved up to No. 4. This year, Beane is ranked higher than the rest of all NFL GMs – and deservedly so.
#1 Brandon Beane/Sean McDermott, Buffalo Bills
The Bills' transformation since McDermott's hire in January 2017 could be taught in a college-level course on how to rebuild a franchise.
McDermott helped to hire Beane in May of that year, and they've hit every right note since: from big trades (Stefon Diggs, moving up for Josh Allen) savvy draft picks, to knowing which veterans to reward (Jordan Poyer, Micah Hyde) and when to move on (John Brown, LeSean McCoy).
The Bills have a defensive coach, yet prioritized building an offensive roster around Allen. They always seem to find value in free agency (SEE: this year's pickups of Jamison Crowder, O.J. Howard, Rodger Saffold, DaQuan Jones, and Duke Johnson).
No team is doing it better, and these two -- along with Allen -- deserve credit for helping to get funding for a new Bills stadium.