Bills GM Brandon Beane addressed the media today at One Bills Drive to discuss the recent free agent moves the team made, as well as answered questions in regards to the team’s plans in the upcoming draft.
Beane offered up some great information in regards to the free agent process the team followed and what to expect from them for the remainder of free agency leading up to the draft.
When discussing how the team approached free agency, he mentioned a few times making sure not to “chase” players. In fact, he jokes that he told his staff to “jump him if he starts chasing players”.
Beane: told his staff to jump him if he starts chasing someone in free agency at QB. #Bills— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) March 16, 2018
He was asked about the signing of Trent Murphy and if that would have any impact on Shaq Lawson or Jerry Hughes. Beane responded by saying that he would love to have “waves” of defensive linemen, and that Sean McDermott feels the same way, alluding to the fact that the free agent acquisition won’t have an impact on any of the team’s defensive ends on the roster.
Beane spoke multiple times about being out of free agent spending money or being low on money for free agents. He stated his attention is “100% on the draft” now. While the Bills do have some cap money remaining, Beane reminded the media that he prefers a conservative approach due to money needed for injuries once camp starts, as well as a pool of money for rookie signings. He did leave the door open for smaller moves, but nothing that would “show up on the ticker”.
Bills GM Brandon Beane on salary cap and free agency: “We’re very low on money. We can do some lower-level things, but nothing that’s going to hit the ticker."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) March 16, 2018
The part of the press conference that got the most attention from Bills fans on Twitter was when Beane addressed questions about the draft, specifically about the assumption that the team will continue to move up into the top 5 picks after recently acquiring the number 12 pick as part of a trade with the Bengals for offensive tackle Cordy Glenn.
Beane, in his typical tight-lipped form, left all options open for the team’s draft strategy, stating that they do not currently have a plan in place to trade up.
Brandon Beane: “Everybody assumes we’re going higher [in the draft]. I don’t know that."— Mike Rodak (@mikerodak) March 16, 2018
Beane said “I don’t know” multiple times when pressed about the idea of moving up to get a QB. He didn’t waver, saying they are happy with the twelfth pick and that there are a number of prospects in that range they would be happy with.
Beane on moving higher in draft: I don’t know if we’re moving higher, but I do know there will be guys on the board at 12 that we wouldn’t have gotten at 21. #Bills— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) March 16, 2018
The next six weeks are sure to have Bills fans on the edge of their seats refreshing their Twitter feeds, but for now, Brandon Beane is not giving up any information into how the team is going to approach the remainder of the offseason.