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Buffalo Bills News - May 11, 2017

Marker Buffalo Bills franchise in much better hands under Sean McDermott, says Adam Schein [1:56 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Are the Bills going to be good this year?" Schein asked. "Here's a hot take: I don't know. The roster is still leaky, thanks to the faux pas of former general manager Doug Whaley. But with Rex Ryan out and Sean McDermott in, there will be toughness and accountability. The Bills won't shoot themselves in the foot with mind-numbing penalties. Buffalo will resemble a football team that the long-suffering fans in lovely Western New York will be proud of.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane gets high praise from Bill Polian, Dave Gettleman [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"He's well thought of by the people in Carolina," Polian said. "He's well thought of by people around the league. He has extensive experience on all of the administrative sides of the game. Salary cap, player acquisition, rules, roster. The most important thing is he and Sean know each other. They obviously have a working relationship. That wasn't the case with Doug Whaley with any of the three coaches, really, under which he served or with whom he served I should say. So this will be a happy marriage and one that bolds well for the Bills. It's a good hire. He's not there simply because he knows and worked with Sean. It's because he's done a good job in his own right."'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane, not Sean McDermott, to control 53-man roster (report) [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'That working relationship is the main reason to be encouraged by this Bills hire. Beane doesn't have experience as an area scout, but he has handled a variety of roles in football operations over the last 19 years with the Carolina Panthers. It's noteworthy that he'll control the 53-man roster, but the majority of NFL general managers control the 53. It would be naive to think McDermott's hands won't be all over every decision this team is making.'

Marker Late nights with Dave Gettleman prepared Brandon Beane for ‘good landing spot’ in Buffal [1:53 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '“I spent a lot of time with him watching film and teaching and doing those kind of things. And Brandon’s a sponge. He really listens. He’s very diligent. He works at it,” Gettleman said during a phone interview. “The only way you’re going to improve your evaluation skills is just grind tape. ... It was his willingness to listen and learn that really accelerated his progress in terms of becoming a general manager.”'

Marker Buffalo Bills player, Super Bowl champ James Ihedigbo opening daycare [1:52 AM]
Fort Bend Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills safety and Super Bowl champion James Ihedigbo, along with his wife Brittany, are opening a new Kiddie Academy child care center in Rosharon, Texas.'

Marker Reports: Bills GM Brandon Beane to have control of 53-man roster [1:51 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'This time around, it really is different. While yes, the hires were a little more than four months apart, the Bills hired a head coach and a general manager together as a team -- with the understanding that they'll operate as a cohesive unit.'

Marker Why managing it all will come naturally to Beane [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“The people up there should be excited about him walking in the building,” said Carolina GM Dave Gettelman of Beane. “He’s very approachable. He’s a very good listener. We work collaboratively here. Brandon was a big part of that, so he’s seen what that looks like. He understands in order to get the right answer you have to ask the right question. He’s very mature and understands the power of ‘we’ as opposed to the power of ‘me.’ I think that’s a great asset that he has.”'

Marker Bills express condolences for longtime ESPN anchor Chris Berman [1:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Chris Berman has been a friend of the Buffalo Bills for many years and we are all heartbroken to learn of the passing of his wife, Kathy. Today more than ever, we will Circle the Wagons for Boomer and his family.”'

Marker Bills Today: Bills back hunts rattlesnakes [1:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“It’s called the rattlesnake roundup,” Banyard said in an appearance on the John Murphy Show. “Basically we gather up as many rattlesnakes as possible, put them in a big bin and you auction them off for meat, skin, whatever the buyers want.”'

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Marker Bills do expected by naming Brandon Beane general manager [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although he doesn't have extensive scouting experience, he was exposed to virtually all facets of the Panthers' player-personnel department. Beane was involved in putting together the team's last six draft boards. He also evaluated college prospects and pro players.'

Marker Tim Graham: A rare Bills occurrence – football ops might finally be in lockstep [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At least he will know and care what McDermott wants. Doug Whaley was known to go against the coaching staff's wishes on players such as Ryan Fitzpatrick, Matt Cassel and Fred Jackson. Whaley politicked for a quarterback, EJ Manuel, neither Doug Marrone nor Rex Ryan wanted.'

Marker Bucky Gleason's Hot Read: Bills do it backward, but maybe they've found the right combo [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills fans are powerless, as Terry Pegula suggested when he fired Whaley. He's the owner. They have no choice but to believe in them as owners regardless of their ineptitude since they purchased the Sabres seven years ago.'

Marker Vic Carucci's Bills analysis: Bills' risk with empowering McDermott no greater than going [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'History shows us that the Bills have gone that more traditional route before and failed miserably with most of their GMs since Hall-of-Famer Bill Polian held the job.'

Marker Five things to know about new Bills General Manager Brandon Beane [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A big reason the Bills were attracted to Beane -- outside of his obvious connection to coach Sean McDermott – is his experience. In 19 years with the Panthers, Beane "gained experience in nearly every facet of the Panthers personnel department," according to the Bills' release announcing his hiring. Hurney named him director of football operations in 2008, and he held that job until becoming the assistant GM in 2015.'

Marker Bills sign free-agent LB Carl Bradford [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 6-foot-1, 248-pound Bradford was inactive for his entire rookie season. The Packers released him during their final cuts before the 2015 season, then re-signed him to their practice squad, where he spent all of his second year.'

Marker Bills announce Brandon Beane as new GM [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'From the moment Doug Whaley was fired the day after the NFL Draft concluded, Beane was the clear-cut front-runner for the job based on his association with Bills head coach Sean McDermott during their time together in Carolina.'

Marker What Panthers' Ron Rivera, Marty Hurney said about Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Hurney: "The Bills hit a home run here. Brandon has a feel for every facet of the football side of things - from personnel to the salary cap to operations to everything. You name it, he has been involved with it. He has a great feel. He is one of the hardest workers you will find. He is one of the most competitive guys you will find, but that is what drives him. He is just exceptional."'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Brandon Beane as new general manager [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Beane, 39, has been in the league for 19 years, all with the Carolina Panthers. He began in the team's media relations office after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 1998. He also worked as director of football operations and was named assistant general manager in June of 2015. He served as interim general manager in 2012 before the Panthers hired current GM Dave Gettleman. Notably absent from Beane's resume is experience as an area scout.'

Marker Buffalo Bills sign former Packers linebacker Carl Bradford [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Bills drafted Matt Milano out of Boston College and Tanner Vallejo out of Boise State to compete with Ramon Humber at linebacker, but Bradford could work into the mix as well. Bradford played weak-side linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme but could also factor into the mix at strong-side linebacker for the Bills given his pass rushing history.'

Marker Beane named Bills general manager [1:49 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Beane will be introduced on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Beane comes to Buffalo via Carolina, where he spent the last 19 seasons, most recently as the team’s assistant general manager for the past two.'

Marker Wojton: Beane hiring makes me optimistic, nervous, all rolled into one [1:48 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'The power McDermott is wielding nearly mirrors that of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Who’s really the Pats head coach and general manager.'

Marker Carolina North? Buffalo Bills steal away Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane [1:47 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'As if Carolina’s home game against Buffalo on September 17 weren’t interesting enough, the Bills officially announced Tuesday evening that Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane has been selected as Buffalo’s new general manager.'

Marker Bills' new GM hire reflects Sean McDermott's substantial clout [1:46 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Now comes the next challenge: filling all the pro and college scouting jobs vacated by the mass firing the day after the draft. Given Beane’s background, finding the right scouts to fill out his staff takes on added importance.'

Marker Buffalo Bills hire Brandon Beane as general manager [1:45 AM]
AP reports: 'Beane's hiring did not come as a surprise and completes a short search process, which began after team owner Terry Pegula fired GM Doug Whaley and his entire scouting staff the day after completing the NFL draft. The hiring also continues a house-cleaning that began with McDermott replacing Rex Ryan, who was fired in the final week of last season.'

Marker Bills hire Beane as general manager [1:44 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills offer a significant challenge. They were 7-9 in 2016 and have had only one winning season since 2004.'

Marker Bills hire Panthers' Brandon Beane as GM [1:43 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It is not immediately clear whether McDermott or Beane will have final say over the Bills' 53-man roster. McDermott, who spent the 2011 through 2016 seasons as the Panthers' defensive coordinator, has experience working with Beane.'

Marker Bills name Panthers exec Brandon Beane their next general manager [1:42 AM]
CBS Sports reports: 'But the job is also more attractive than most openings that pop up. The Bills aren't bad -- they've been an average team for the past three seasons, going 24-24 in that span. They also have some interesting pieces in Taylor, Watkins, and LeSean McCoy. So, it's not insane to suggest the Bills are a good draft away from becoming a playoff team.'

Marker Bills hire former Panthers exec Brandon Beane as new general manager [1:41 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'According to NFL Network, Beane’s contract will run concurrent with that of new head coach Sean McDermott. Beane worked with McDermott for six seasons in Carolina as the Panthers defensive coordinator.'

Marker Bills hire Brandon Beane as new GM [1:40 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Beane was seen as the favorite during the interview process, being the first to be interviewed by the Bills and the only one to get a second interview with the team.'

Marker Bills sign linebacker Bradford [1:39 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bradford, 24, was waived by the San Francisco 49ers back on May 2. Bradford has played in six games over the past four seasons since being drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. The Packers waived Bradford on December 17, 2016, but was picked up by the 49ers immediately after.'

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