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GM search: Bills interview four candidates; Carolina's Beane twice

Monday was the busiest day yet in the Buffalo Bills' search for a new general manager, with a second interview and a new name added to the list of candidates.

Carolina Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane was in Western New York for a second conversation with the Bills about the job, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported.

The team also announced that Green Bay Packers Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst was interviewed Monday, making him the fourth candidate for the Bills' GM spot.

The following is a rundown of the four known candidates to date:

Brandon Beane, assistant GM, Carolina Panthers

*Interviewed: May 4 and May 8.

*Making his case: He was the first candidate to be interviewed and the only one known to have been interviewed twice. According to an NFL source, the second interview indicates that Beane has an edge over the rest of the field. ... Worked with Bills coach Sean McDermott the past six seasons while McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, and they developed a close relationship during that time. ... The two are known to be closely aligned when it comes to their thinking in assembling and maintaining an NFL roster. ... McDermott is expected to have a major say in the hire.

Brian Gaine, Director of Player Personnel, Houston Texans

*Interviewed: May 5.

*Making his case: He has considerable NFL player-personnel experience, working in the league since 1999 with a variety of teams.  ... Besides serving as a scout with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets, he was an assistant GM with the Dolphins in 2012 and 2013. ... Interviewed for GM openings with the San Francisco 49ers (last January), the St. Louis Rams (2012), Jets (2013), Dolphins (2014), and the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.

Trey Brown, Director of College Scouting, Philadelphia Eagles

*Interviewed: May 6.

*Making his case: Began his player-personnel career with the team known for doing arguably the best job of all NFL teams in player evaluation, the New England Patriots, in 2010 as a scouting assistant. ... Was the Patriots' West Coast scout for two years before the Eagles hired him to fill the same role in 2013 and '14. ... After spending 2012 as the Eagles' assistant director of college scouting, he was promoted to director of college scouting in 2016. A former league executive describes Brown as a "good evaluator, very detail-oriented ... will hire an excellent scouting staff."

Brian Gutekunst, Director of Player Personnel, Green Bay Packers

Interviewed: May 8.

*Making his case: Comes from an organization known for producing strong player-personnel-evaluation talent, such as Seattle Seahawks GM John Schneider and Kansas City Chiefs GM John Dorsey. ... Has spent the past 18 seasons with the Packers, the last two in his current capacity. ... Broke into the NFL as an assistant offensive line coach with the New Orleans Saints in 1995. ... First full-time player-personnel spot was as a scouting assistant with the Chiefs in 1998. ... In January, the 49ers interviewed Gutekunst for their GM opening, although he withdrew his candidacy before the Niners gave the job to John Lynch.

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