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Beane to control Bills' 53-man roster, but McDermott will have final say

When Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula formally introduces Brandon Beane as the team's new general manager during a news conference Friday, he's expected to explain, either without solicitation or in answer to a question, that Beane will control the 53-man roster.

That will confirm a report Wednesday from NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that Beane has been given such control and would "work closely with coach Sean McDermott."

The Buffalo News has learned that the Bills' model will pretty much replicate that of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs' GM, John Dorsey, has a significant say in the assembling of the 53-man roster, but there is no mistaking that coach Andy Reid is in charge of the entire football operation and has final say.

An NFL source said McDermott would function in the same manner as Reid, who gave McDermott his first job in the league with the Philadelphia Eagles and has long served as his professional mentor. Unlike his predecessor, Doug Whaley, who virtually disappeared from public view after McDermott became the Bills' coach last January, Beane is expected to be more visible, as is the case with Dorsey.

But McDermott and Beane, who joins the Bills after spending the past two seasons as assistant GM of the Carolina Panthers, are expected to be consistent in delivering the same message on behalf of the team.

Besides the Bills and Chiefs, the only other team that has a coach calling the football shots for the organization is the New England Patriots, who do everything the Bill Belichick way.

In a statement released by the Bills Wednesday, Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said the following about Beane: "I'm thrilled that Brandon has been selected as general manager of the Bills. He has worked his way from the bottom up and is prepared for this. He is thoughtful, meticulous, and a leader.

"He was instrumental in what we have been able to accomplish in Carolina in the past few years, winning three division titles, an NFC Championship and earning a Super Bowl appearance. His wide variety of knowledge and experience will serve him well in Buffalo. I wish Brandon, (his wife) Hayley, (and children) Tyson and Wes nothing but the best."

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