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Buffalo Bills News - May 10, 2017

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.'

Marker Brandon Beane named Bills GM [1:38 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Beane, 40, has been a staple in the Carolina Panthers front office since 1998, working his way up to assistant general manager in 2015.'

Marker Joe B: Bills hire Beane in hopes for harmony [1:37 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Theoretically, Beane and McDermott will be hand-in-hand, with a similar vision for how they want the football team to be built, and all the while knowing if they don't get the job done, then it likely means both of them -- not just one like the last Bills HC-GM pairing -- will be the ones sent packing.'

Marker Bills hire Brandon Beane as new GM [1:36 AM] reports: '“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.'

Marker Bills sign free agent LB Carl Bradford [1:35 AM] reports: 'He was signed by San Francisco late last season after he was released by Green Bay and appeared in two games for the 49ers. Bradford has experience at the weak side linebacker position, but in a different defensive scheme than Buffalo’s.'

Marker Bills Today: Wood and company recruiting Barnidge [1:34 AM] reports: 'Barnidge, who made a free agent visit to One Bills Drive last week, met up with Wood at the Kentucky Derby this past weekend. Barnidge was part of a 12-person party organized by Wood for the weekend at Churchill Downs.'

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Marker Pollock: Bills made right move declining Watkins’ option [11:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills last week demurred on that option year, mostly because of Watkins injury history. If they picked up Year No. 5 they would owe him nearly $13.3 million, a figure he would earn even if he couldn’t pass his 2018 physical. That’s an expensive commitment for a player who might miss all or part of the season.'

Marker Bills interview four GM candidates, Beane twice [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Monday was the busiest day yet in the Buffalo Bills' search for a new general manager, with a second interview and a new name added to the list of candidates.'

Marker Bills are bottom-dwellers in early power rankings [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A sampling of offseason power rankings shows little is expected of the team in 2017. ESPN debuted its rankings Monday, with the Bills coming in at No. 26.'

Marker Tim Graham's Power Take: Bills GM and coach searches have history of not going 'as expecte [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Beane has been an assistant GM the past two seasons and has been relatively limited when it comes to actual scouting experience. The other candidates so far -- Texans assistant GM Brian Gaine, Eagles college scouting director Trey Brown and Packers player personnel chief Brian Gutekunst -- have significantly more credentials for evaluating prospects and free agents and overseeing a crew.'

Marker Jay Skurski's 3 Bills thoughts: Don't rush on GM, Barnidge would be good catch, undrafted [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are one of only two NFL teams without a GM (or equivalent job title) after firing Doug Whaley last month, but the other team with an opening, Washington, is expected to reconfigure its front office without filling the role. That means the Bills have no competition for whoever it is they want to hire.'

Marker Brandon Beane gets second interview for Buffalo Bills' GM job (report) [1:55 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Carolina Panthers assistant general manager Brandon Beane is heading to Buffalo for a second interview. Beane was one of three candidates to get an interview in the first round of interviews. Terry and Kim Pegula interviewed Beane, Houston Texans director of player personnel Brian Gaine and Philadelphia Eagles director of college scouting Trey Brown down in Boca Raton, Fla.'

Marker Tight end named Buffalo Bills' biggest roster hole following 2017 NFL draft [1:54 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'ESPN Insider and Football Outsiders looked at every NFL roster and picked the biggest weakness on each team. Scott Kacsmar selected tight end for the Bills. He noted that the Bills addressed many needs in the draft, but failed to find a tight end.'

Marker Buffalo Bills GM search tracker: Beane slated for 2nd interview, Gutekunst added [1:53 AM]
Batavia Daily News reports: 'Rapoport’s report also indicated that Gutekunst was a finalist for the San Francisco 49ers general manager hiring in January until he re-signed with the Packers '

Marker Report: Bills interviewing Packers executive Gutekunst for general manager opening [1:52 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gutekunst, 43, has spent the last 18 years in the Packers' player personnel department. Gutekunst was promoted to the Director of Player Personnel in March of 2016 after serving as the director of college scouting for three years.'

Marker Report: Beane to get second interview with Bills [1:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Beane has been with the Panthers organization for 20 years spending the past two years as the team's assistant general manager. This is the second time Beane has interviewed for an open general manager position in the National Football League. He interviewed for San Francisco's job in January before losing out to John Lynch.'

Marker Report: Bills to bring in Beane for second GM interview [1:50 AM]
WKBW-TV reports: 'Beane was Buffalo's first interview and had to come with an incredibly strong recommendation from head coach Sean McDermott, otherwise, this pairing would have had no shot of happening. Beane, very much in the mold of the Pegula's reported search for a Buffalo Sabres GM, fits the mold of someone with "new blood" that has plenty of league experience but has never held the permanent title of general manager before.'

Marker Bills Today: Milano wants to make an immediate impression [1:49 AM] reports: '“Whatever you do right now is the impression that will last throughout the season. So make the impression you want to make right now when you come into minicamp” Milano said of the advice he received from Carter.'

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