The Buffalo Bills May Be the Big Winners of NFL Free Agency
General manager Brandon Beane has made a number of smart under-the-radar signings.
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane is not related to Billy of the Athletics, but his moves this offseason may end up drawing him some favorable comparisons to Oakland’s longtime GM.
After selecting Josh Allen with the seventh overall pick in the 2018 draft, Beane and the Bills think they finally have their long-term solution at quarterback.
And, in order to make sure Allen has everything he needs to succeed this year following a rough rookie season, Beane went out and signed 10 offensive free agents.
Five of those signings, including Mitch Morse coming aboard to play center for $11.125 million per season, came on the offensive line.
But Beane didn’t stop there and also invested heavily in revamping Buffalo’s receiving corps by bringing deep threat John Brown (three years, $27 million), slot receiver Cole Beasley (four years, $29 million), and tight end Tyler Kroft (three years, $18.75 million) into the fold.
To help boost the running game, Beane also brought in veteran Frank Gore on a one-year deal for short money ($2 million).
“Yeah, I mean obviously our cap was in a position where we could be aggressive in spots that we needed to be, but again try and be smart with our money,” the general manager said, per NYUp.com. “We know on offense where we statistically rank (30th overall last season), and it held us back in some games, so we were looking at all areas other than the quarterback really, to improve and I think we have some guys that will come in here and compete.”
And they might not be done as the Bills still have the seventh-most available salary-cap space at $33.13 million. Things could be heating up in Buffalo.