Payday for Mr. Beane.
The Buffalo Bills have signed general manager Brandon Beane to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Thursday afternoon. With this transaction, the Bills have locked in the head coach and executive who orchestrated a dramatic turnaround for one of the league’s basement dwellers. The Bills, 9-3 and heading into a marquee Sunday Night Football matchup, are looking to a bright future ahead of them.
Since he joined the Bills in the summer of 2017, the same year that head coach Sean McDermott came into town, the team has sported a 34-26 record (a .566 winning percentage) and made two playoff appearances. The team is poised to reach their third playoff season in four years at the quarter pole of this 2020 season.
Beane orchestrated a dramatic overhaul of the Bills’ roster, beginning with a blockbuster trade of star receiver Sammy Watkins. Within a year, he had knitted together a string of moves that lined the Bills up to select Josh Allen and Tremaine Edmunds in the first round of the draft. By year four, the only remaining player from earlier regimes was Jerry Hughes.
Beane’s counterpart, McDermott, earned his own extended contract in the summertime. A Beane extension was seen as a question of when, not if.
The answer to that question was today.