Beane to Bills: Panthers exec takes GM job

PANTHERS EXEC TAKES BILLS GM JOB - ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) - The Buffalo Bills have hired Brandon Beane to fill their general manager vacancy in yet another indication of rookie head coach Sean McDermott's growing influence over team decisions.

The Bills announced the move on Tuesday. Beane's hiring completes a short search process, which began after Doug Whaley and his entire scouting staff were fired the day after completing the NFL draft. The hiring also completes Buffalo's front-office overhaul, which began with coach Rex Ryan being fired in the final week of last season.

The 40-year-old Beane has spent his entire 19-season NFL career working up the Carolina Panthers' ranks, including the past two as the team's assistant GM under Dave Gettleman. It's in Carolina where Beane had direct ties to McDermott, who was hired by the Bills in January after spending the previous six seasons as the Panthers defensive coordinator.

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