LISTEN: Brandon Beane Introduced as Bills GM

"Beginning today, I'm a Buffalo citizen and I can't wait to get started"

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Orchard Park, NY (WBEN/AP) - Brandon Beane was formally introduced as the 13th General Manager in Buffalo Bills history Friday. 

At a news conference at New Era Field, Beane said he's excited to begin with his new team.

"Beginning today, I'm a Buffalo citizen and I can't wait to get started," Beane said. "My sole focus is to jump right in as soon as we get done with this press conference and go watch practice."

Beane previously served as Carolina Panthers Assistant GM, where he worked closely with new Bills Head Coach Sean McDermott. Prior to that, he served as the Panthers' Director of Football Operations from 2008 to 2014.

"He's a great man," Beane said of McDermott. "We built a great trusting relationship in Carolina. You can never predict the future, so it's not like Sean and I said 'Hey we're both going to leave the same year.' You Don't know what the opportunities are going to be. I trust Sean, and I think Sean trusts me. I think you're going to see a heck of a partnership between the two of us."

In Buffalo, Beane joins a franchise in the midst of yet another front-office overhaul during what's now a 17-year playoff drought — the longest active streak in North America's four pro leagues. Beane becomes the Bills' seventh GM since the drought began in 2000.

His first priority will be hiring a scouting staff, including filling the team's two pro and amateur positions.

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