Brian Gaine is coming to Buffalo, after all.
After interviewing for the role of general manager, the Bills announced Monday that Gaine will join the staff as vice president of player personnel. The GM job went to Brandon Beane, who has been busy putting his staff together in recent days. Gaine is his second hire following the addition of Joe Schoen as assistant general manager Sunday.
"I had hoped to get one of these two guys and I got them both," Beane said. "It was not guarantee I could get either one of them. I'm floating as much as when I got the job. I'm happy for them. It's going to be big for both of those guys. We're going to build this thing right and I see both of these guys getting the opportunity to sit in the seat I'm in."
Beane went on to explain in more detail how the team was able to pry Gaine away from the Texans.
"It’s generally a pretty lateral move, but Brian was excited about building this and starting this,” he said in an article posted to buffalobills.com. “I think partnering with me and Joe was attractive. I know Brian and who he is to the core and trust that he’s going to be a big time asset."
Gaine has 18 years of NFL experience, the last three of which have been as the Texans' director of player personnel (2015-16) and pro personnel (2014). During that time, he supervised pro player evaluation, the advance scouting process, free agency and the waiver wire.
Gaine got his start in the NFL with the New York Jets, working in a variety of scouting roles from 1999-2004. He was the Dallas Cowboys' assistant director of pro scouting form 2005-07 before spending the next six years with the Miami Dolphins. During his time in South Florida, he worked for three seasons with Bill Parcells, and considers him a mentor. He was the Dolphins' assistant general manager for his last two seasons (2012-13.
Gaine has been on the short list of GM openings around the league for a while. Last January, he interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers for their GM opening before the job went to John Lynch. He also has interviewed for GM jobs with the St. Louis Rams (2012), New York Jets (2013), Miami Dolphins (2014), and the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles in 2015.