Bills name Panthers exec Brandon Beane their next general manager

The Bills have found their next general manager. 

On Tuesday, they announced that they've hired Brandon Beane to fill the job vacated by Doug Whaley, who was fired the morning after the draft. Like new Bills coach Sean McDermott, Beane comes from Carolina, where he served as assistant GM the past two years. Now, he'll run the show in Buffalo along with McDermott, who was the Panthers' defensive coordinator from 2011-16. 

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Beane's contract "runs concurrent" with McDermott's, which means they're both under contract for five seasons.

"During our search for a new general manager, Brandon stood out to Kim and I, as he embodies the type of leader and type of person we want in our organization," Bills owner Terry Pegula said. "Brandon has excelled in a variety of roles for a Panthers team that has consistently competed at a high level in this league. We feel his vast understanding and experience in many facets of football operations will be invaluable to our club moving forward. We also believe his vision for the Buffalo Bills combined with his detailed approach will help build a foundation for sustained success. We are pleased to welcome Brandon and his family to Buffalo."

The Bills will hold Beane's introductory press conference at 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday.

The news shouldn't come as a surprise, namely because CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has been reporting the likelihood of Beane's hiring for some time now. Immediately after the Bills fired Whaley, La Canfora reported that Beane was the front-runner for the job. Now, he officially has it. 

In Buffalo, Beane will face an variety of challenges. The team's quarterback situation remains unsettled, even if Tyrod Taylor will be the undisputed starter this upcoming season. He'll have to decide what to do with talented, but oft-injured receiver Sammy Watkins when his contract expires. The Bills are also stuck in the AFC East with the Patriots, so an easy path to the playoffs doesn't really exist. On that note, the Bills haven't qualified the playoffs since 1999.

But the job is also more attractive than most openings that pop up. The Bills aren't bad -- they've been an average team for the past three seasons, going 24-24 in that span. They also have some interesting pieces in Taylor, Watkins, and LeSean McCoy. So, it's not insane to suggest the Bills are a good draft away from becoming a playoff team.

CBS Sports Writer

Sean Wagner-McGough joined CBS Sports in 2015 after graduating from UC Berkeley. A native of Seattle, Sean now resides in the Bay Area. He spends his spare time defending Jay Cutler on Twitter. Full Bio

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