In the eyes of many analysts and people around the league, the Buffalo Bills have had a very good offseason thus far. The Bills have bolstered their offensive line and added some targets in the passing game. Much of the credit has to go to general manager Brandon Beane, who has accomplished a great deal in his short time as the general manager for the Bills. Many around the league are starting to take notice and even calling him one of the best and brightest general managers in all of the NFL, and I agree with them. So, here are four reasons why Brandon Beane has me excited about the future of the Bills and why I think he is excelling in his role as general manager:
1. Cap Management
When Brandon Beane took over as the general manager for the Bills the cap situation was a total mess. There was very little cap room on a team that didn’t have all that much high-end talent. The Bills were massively overpaying many players who were seriously underachieving like Marcell Dareus, Charles Clay, and Tyrod Taylor. Sure enough, Beane got rid of all of these overpaid guys and even got something in return as he traded a few of them. All of his work with the cap has come to fruition as the Bills had about $80 million in cap room to start this offseason. He used this cap room to bring in a barrage of players that should seriously help Josh Allen in 2019. Add to that the fact that the Bills have over $100 million in cap room next offseason in 2020.
One of the biggest tools Beane used to shape this roster has been trading. He has been extremely active in trading players and reshaping the roster since he arrived in Buffalo. Not only has Beane simply just made trades (which is something previous Bills general managers have not done successfully in recent years), but his trades have been mostly wins for the Bills. He got the first pick of the third round for Tyrod Taylor, he got a Top 15 pick for Cordy Glenn and a late first, he even got a draft pick in exchange for Marshall Newhouse. Beane has done a great job in getting really good value in return for the trades he’s executed.
3. Finding a Franchise Quarterback
The Bills finally have a future and hope at the quarterback position for the first time in almost two decades. After Josh Allen returned from injury last season, his play was night and day from what it was before the injury. Allen was tough, great with his legs, and made a couple of outstanding throws. Allen played like a quarterback taken in the top ten. The person most responsible for getting Allen is, of course, Brandon Beane. Beane did a great job moving up the draft order and ultimately, he didn’t pay an insane amount to move up to get Allen. Allen was the Bills guy from the start, and they made sure that he would be wearing the blue, white, and red.
Brandon Beane knows how to build a roster. He’s mentioned his philosophy over and over again in interviews. It’s build through the draft and fill holes in free agency. Beane has executed two off-seasons in a row like this. He got his quarterback (Josh Allen) and middle linebacker (Trumaine Edmunds) of the future through the draft. He found potential mainstays at wide receiver and cornerback through UDFA’s in both Robert Foster and Levi Wallace. These are guys to build around and use as the foundation for this team. In free agency, he filled holes by signing guys like Mitch Morse, Cole Beasley, and John Brown. Beane has positioned the Bills such that they can truly draft the best available player in this year’s draft, as the Bills have no glaring holes/needs heading into the draft. It’s the type of philosophy that not only makes sense on paper, but that can actually lead to sustained success.
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