The expected became official Tuesday: Brandon Beane is the new general manager of the Buffalo Bills.
The team made the announcement the day after the former Carolina Panthers assistant GM met with Bills owners Terry and Kim Pegula for a second interview.
Beane, who spent the past six seasons working with Bills coach Sean McDermott while McDermott was the Panthers' defensive coordinator, was the only one of four known candidates for the job to be interviewed twice.
“During our search for a new general manager, Brandon stood out to Kim and I as he embodies the type of leader and type of person we want in our organization," Terry said in a statement issued by the team. "Brandon has excelled in a variety of roles for a Panthers team that has consistently competed at a high-level in this league. We feel his vast understanding and experience in many facets of football operations will be invaluable to our club moving forward.
"We also believe his vision for the Buffalo Bills combined with his detailed approach will help build a foundation for sustained success. We are pleased to welcome Brandon and his family to Buffalo.”
Terry will introduce Beane as the Bills' 13th GM in franchise history at a news conference Friday morning.
Beane, a graduate of UNC-Wilmington and a native of Stanly County, N.C., began his 19-year run with the Panthers in 1998 as a member of their communications department. After that, he filled a variety of roles in football operations and the player-personnel department. The Panthers made him their director of football operations in 2008, and he remained in that job for seven years.
The Panthers made Beane their interim GM for the final 10 games of the 2012 season. They were 6-4 in that stretch.
Beane has spent the past two seasons as the Panthers' assistant GM, working with GM Dave Gettleman. During Beane’s time in Carolina, the Panthers won five NFC South division championships and a pair of NFC titles.
"The Bills hit a home run here," former Panthers GM Marty Hurney, who moved Beane to the personnel side in Carolina, said in a statement released by the Bills. "Brandon has a feel for every facet of the football side of things – from personnel side to the salary cap to operations to everything . He is one of the hardest workers you'll find."
"I am very excited for Brandon Beane," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a statement released by the Bills. "Brandon is a guy who started at the bottom and has worked his way up."
Although he doesn't have extensive scouting experience, he was exposed to virtually all facets of the Panthers' player-personnel department. Beane was involved in putting together the team's last six draft boards. He also evaluated college prospects and pro players.
In addition, he was worked with the football operations staff on contract negotiations.
Besides Beane, the Bills also interviewed Houston Texans Director of Player Personnel Brian Gaine, Philadelphia Eagles Director of College Scouting Trey Brown, and Green Bay Packers Director of Player Personnel Brian Gutekunst.