Brandon Beane spoke to Panthers about Christian McCaffrey but never made an offer

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The Bills got a running back at the trade deadline, dealing with the Colts for Nyheim Hines. But Bills General Manager Brandon Beane confirmed his team had interest in Christian McCaffrey before the Panthers traded the running back to the 49ers on Oct. 20.

Beane was with the Panthers when McCaffrey became the eighth overall pick.

“I know [rumors] started with McCaffrey,” Beane said Wednesday, via Jon Scott of Spectrum News 1 BUF. “Yes, that was the last draft I was there in Carolina. Know him well. When you hear he’s on the block, I wouldn’t be doing my due diligence to not look into that.

“I did speak to the Panthers G.M. Never made him an offer but did stay in touch through the process, and ultimately, it was going to be more than we were going to be able to do.”

Conflicting reports emerged two weeks ago about whether the Bills had spoken to the Panthers about McCaffrey, who ended up going to the 49ers in exchange for a 2023 NFL Draft second-round pick, a 2023 third-rounder, a 2023 fourth-rounder and a 2024 fifth-round pick.

The Bills sent running back Zack Moss and a conditional sixth-round pick to the Colts for Hines.

Beane said he never talked to Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis about running back Alvin Kamara, who remains in New Orleans after the trade deadline.

“The process of how we look into things from a scouting standpoint is our scouts have teams they’re responsible for. They’re tracking everything,” Beane explained. “When you hear buzzes out there on Twitter, in the media, whatever, that a player may be available, that’s their job to turn on the film, evaluate them and then look into it. There are times when things get put out there that the Buffalo Bills are after this player, sometimes I’m not even aware. I say that in the sense that we may have a scout and he’s in charge of the Denver Broncos. He may call his contact at that team and say, ‘Hey, is this guy even available? Should I even mention him? Should I not?’ Sometimes you never even hear back whether the guy’s available or not and then you read two days later that we went after him.

“So, I say that to help us how the process works. That leads me to Alvin Kamara. That was the scouts looking into [rumors he was on trade block]. They put something out — maybe Philly was in it or something; I can’t remember the team — [and we] checked into it. Never actually got an answer whether he was available or not. Then, Sunday it’s reported on one of the shows we were rebuffed. Well, I never spoke to their G.M. That’s just how the process works.”

15 responses to “Brandon Beane spoke to Panthers about Christian McCaffrey but never made an offer

  1. Alvin Kamara and CMC are huge difference makes but the draft capital it would cost to get one of them would easily make us worse next year and the year after with KC being the hump to get over hitting in the draft.

    No to mention the 49ers and Texans making some of the worst trades in NFL history throwing a franchise changing amount of 1st rounders at Miami.

  2. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    November 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm
    The Bills are becoming the Rams of the East, mortgaging the future to win now.


    Bills did not mortgage their future, they have all their picks through the 5th round for next year.

  3. Maybe he should have inquired about Kamara?
    Doesn’t mean he necessarily had to follow through with some foolish trade, but just finding out what it would take, or if there was negotiating room, just seems like the proper due diligence.
    Josh Allen can’t continue to be the most physical runner on the team, so adding a back who isn’t just 200lbs would seem like a definite need for the team. Because it behooves the long term interest of the franchise if Allen runs because of a rare opportunity rather than a necessity.

  4. I’m really surprised you didn’t try to get hunt from Cleveland. I don’t see needing to trade that much for him considering he’s a free agent next season and there’s no way he’s going to stay in Cleveland. And I don’t think they have much of a hope of making the playoffs so he probably could have got hunt for a third round pick Maybe

  5. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    November 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm
    The Bills are becoming the Rams of the East, mortgaging the future to win now.

    Yeah! Losing Zach Moss, a 6th and 7th round pick is really gonna handcuff this team for the next decade.

  6. The bills are already favorites this year. Adding CMC would have made it as close to a slam dunk as you can get.
    Though I am not a Bills fan, love their offense, I’d like to see them win it all this year

  7. patsfan4lifedynasty says:
    November 2, 2022 at 4:12 pm
    The Bills are becoming the Rams of the East, mortgaging the future to win now.
    Meaning they are trying to win a SB while their window is open? Isn’t that what it’s all about? If they play their cards right they will be holding the Lombardi at years end… the Rams did. You don’t have another Brady on the horizon so get ready to be a cella dwella for the next decade.

  8. Every fan of a team that’s not the Bills in the AFCE is scared of our city’s team. Especially NE fans. They will be perennial losers for years to come and they know this. So just grasping for straws to seem relevant is a sad position to be in. The multi screen name NE fan is first in line. Enjoy mediocrity for the next decade.

  9. Last time I looked, teams don’t get any awards for anything at this point in the season. Let’s revisit how great the Bills or Eagles are when the final gun signals the end of the Super Bowl. Shall we?

  10. He is going to regret not making an offer for CMC when he runs all over them in the Super Bowl

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