Executive of the year: Brandon Beane

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When Brandon Beane became the General Manager of the Bills in 2017, the team had not been to the playoffs since 1999 and had not hosted a playoff game since 1996.

The playoff drought ended in Beane’s first season and they made it back to the playoffs in 2019, which set the stage for a big jump in 2020. The Bills went 13-3 to end the Patriots’ run of AFC East titles and they will host the Colts in a playoff game on Saturday.

Beane’s work over his entire tenure helped position the Bills for this kind of success and his biggest move of the 2020 offseason pushed them over the top. The Bills traded their 2020 first-round pick and three other draft choices to Minnesota in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs in a swing for the fences that paid off handsomely.

Diggs led the NFL with 127 catches — sixth-best in NFL history — and 1,535 yards. His connection with quarterback Josh Allen transformed an offense that underwhelmed for much of the 2019 season into a unit that looked unstoppable for long stretches of the season.

It was a trade that some questioned at the time it was made, but turned out to be exactly what the Bills needed to continue Allen’s development. The 2018 first-round pick broke out with Diggs and Cole Beasley — a 2019 signing —  as his top targets and the work Beane has done to build the offense around Allen should be a blueprint for other teams developing young quarterbacks.

The Diggs trade was the jewel in Beane’s crown, but he made other moves that paid dividends. He has gained a reputation for looking to his former employers in Carolina for players and three former Panthers made sizable contributions after signing as free agents. Daryl Williams started at right tackle, defensive end Mario Addison had five sacks, and linebacker A.J. Klein played an integral role on defense.

Fourth-round wideout Gabriel Davis scored seven touchdowns, sixth-round pick Tyler Bass won the kicking job, and third-rounder Zack Moss was a productive complement to Devin Singletary in the backfield. The Bills also signed cornerback Tre'Davious White and left tackle Dion Dawkins to long-term deals that will keep them in Buffalo.

It’s an impressive body of work and it made Beane our choice for the NFL’s top executive of 2020.

29 responses to “Executive of the year: Brandon Beane

  1. Well deserved, glad we signed him to a long term contract in Buffalo recently – Go Bills

  2. That’s all well and good.
    Now the players have to prove they can rise to the next level.

  3. Agreed! He has built a dangerous team. The way they are playing, I think they are the best team in the AFC.

  4. I dont to get to say this often: PFT you got this one right! Beane/Mcdermott deserve every ounce of praise for what they did to our Bills organization. GO BILLS!

  5. Congratulations to Beane. Happy for the Bills Fans. Hopefully, this is the start of a perennial Super Bowl contender and winner.

  6. What about Ted Thompson drafting a 1st round QB so bad he can’t even dress up on sundays?

  7. The Bills are a solid football team. I got to see them put a whupping on my Seahawks, when I thought Allen was going to be this inaccurate gunslinger with a big arm. What an improvement he has made in one year.

  8. When is Brian Daboll going to get some credit?

    Welp,
    Considering this award is executive of the year, Daboll is irrelevant here. And daboll gets a ton of credit. That’s why teams are looking to interview him for head coach.
    Brandon Beane is a top 5 GM. I’m sure Carolina would love a do over in letting him go

  9. re Directdriver
    when is brian daboll going to get some credit.
    this offseason when he is hired as a head coach in the league

  10. Cannot argue with this at all. He put together an exciting team.

    Now the bigger test….keeping the team together/competitive while paying out the big salaries the players are going to be looking for when they have success.

  11. I know that the bills are gonna be the trendy bandwagon team to glob on- but I LOVE that they are good again.

    I think people forget juat how dominate the bills were and just how good of a qb Jim Kelly was. Had they won one of those superbowls I think it would be different.

  12. ariani1985 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 8:47 am
    What about Ted Thompson drafting a 1st round QB so bad he can’t even dress up on sundays?
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    What does that have to do with Brandon Beane and the Buffalo Bills?

  13. I really hope Ariani is a robot – no one can be that stupid or obsessed – Wait !!! Joe can.

  14. ariani1985 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 8:47 am
    What about Ted Thompson drafting a 1st round QB so bad he can’t even dress up on sundays?
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    Wow! You have such a fixation on the Packers, that you troll non-related stories to spew your Packers hatred. Very sad indeed. I wonder what your fellow Viking fans think of your posts.

    BTW–the only 1rst round QB that Thompson drafted was Aaron Rodgers. That pick seems to have turned out pretty well for the Packers

  15. ariani1985 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 8:47 am
    What about Ted Thompson drafting a 1st round QB so bad he can’t even dress up on sundays?
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    Ted Thompson isn’t the GM, Brian Gutekunst is.

  16. The Vikings used that first round pick to draft some smuck named Justin Jefferson…maybe you’ve heard of him? Oh and they got 3 more draft picks…I will agree tho that both teams seem happy with the results of the trade.

  17. Now the bigger test….keeping the team together/competitive while paying out the big salaries the players are going to be looking for when they have success.

    Correct. That’s the true test of all gms. His drafting had been very good and signing mid level free agents so I have faith that The ones he decides to let walk he will able he will be able to replace adequately.

    Here’s a true tale of how good he is….: the bills second team might be the second best team in the division… lol I’m only kidding but I thought it was funny

  18. While he deserves the award, the fact that John Schneider has never won the award tells me that the award is pretty meaningless.

  19. philmccracken says:
    January 5, 2021 at 11:30 am
    Any Bills success really triggers Vikings fans.

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    Its understandable. I know as a Bills fan I wouldn’t want the Vikings to get out of the 0-4 Super Bowl club before us.

  20. You knew Beane was on the right track when he started to get rid of dead weight like Darius and Watkins. Brought the salary cap back to manageable and signed guys to team friendly contracts. He and McDermott are a great combo.

  21. Panthers opted to keep Rivera & Hurney while letting McDermott & Beane both go to Buffalo

  22. directdriver says:
    January 5, 2021 at 8:39 am
    When is Brian Daboll going to get some credit?

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    Every single game from the guys in the booth. It is starting to get annoying now haha

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