BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- - Bills General Manager Brandon Beane took the podium and addressed several topics following free agent intoductions. The Bills GM GOT FIRED UP when defending Buffalo. It's all here in 4 Notable Quotes:
Q: Not to rehash Antonio Brown, but can you just clear up the narrative that players didn’t want to come to Buffalo? You got seven, eight guys in here in three days.
A: I’m trying to keep my words. That pissed me off, to be candid because it was an ignorant comment. I’m not on social media, but if you live in Buffalo or you know anything about Buffalo- don’t speak about Buffalo if you don’t know what this city and what this fan base is like. It really pissed me off because it’s not true and when you talk to players - how many guys flowed through here today? Eight, nine, whatever, and we could have had more. We didn’t have that narrative, it totally started with a bad rumor on the whole Antonio Brown thing. People looking for reasons, and they didn’t have all of the facts. Again, people that have been here, I can’t tell you how many people have commented, “This is amazing. This is awesome. What a facility. What a place. What a culture.” All of that stuff that we have going here and we love this city and all I want to say is anybody who says that doesn’t know Buffalo and really is just speaking out of ignorance.
Q: Very clearly you attacked the offense, could you give us the strategy behind that?
A: Yeah, I mean obviously we were- 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. We know on offense where we statistically rank, 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. We told every single one of them that nothing is guaranteed. We looked for guys on the O-line that had position flex with experience. Some guys have started a lot of games and some guys are backups who have come in and played and we thought played well and fit our style. It’ll be fun to roll this O-line. I know we’ve turned that one over the most. It’ll be fun with the new coaches and these new players to see these guys as they get going in the spring.
Q: Do you think the last couple days have gotten you closer to your stated goal of taking the best available player during the draft?
A: It definitely helped. That is the goal, to do that. We covered a lot of areas, again you’re always greedy, you’re always saying we can try and upgrade here, we can try and upgrade there, and free agency technically isn’t over. There’s still guys out there, so it doesn’t mean that because I’m standing here I’m done, but at the end of the day, we’re continuing to look. Who knows, somebody could call in a week and say, “hey we signed this other guy, do you want to trade for this guy?” Most of our attention after this weekend will be on the draft, but if there is a guy here who becomes available, whether it’s a cap release, a trade whatever, we’ll continue to try to find upgrades to the roster.
Q: Can you just ballpark what you are at with the cap right now? And is that enough to make sure you can do whatever you really want to do?
A: Yeah, we are still well under. We have the draft picks. We are high 30’s or low 40’s. Somewhere in there. We will tally it up once this week once we get done. We still have plenty of room to maneuver should the opportunity be there for a marquee player that comes available, trade or release.