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Bills hire Malik Boyd from Cardinals to be director of pro personnel

The way Brandon Beane sees it, he's 3 for 3 on personnel moves in the last week.

The Bills general manager on Wednesday announced the hiring of Malik Boyd as the team's director of pro personnel, hiring him away from the Arizona Cardinals, where he had worked for the last 12 years.

"He was my number one choice," Beane said in a statement. “The first guy I targeted. I appreciate [Cardinals general manager] Steve Keim letting him come over here and interview. It was very kind of him because he was under contract. Malik is talented. He won an award in 2014, the Fritz Pollard Scout of the Year. They don’t just throw those out. He earned it. He’s going to be a great influence on our pro staff. He has a high ceiling."

Sound familiar? Beane's comments Wednesday echoed his statements after hiring assistant GM Joe Schoen away from the Miami Dolphins and vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine from the Houston Texans earlier this week.

"I had hoped to get one of these two guys and I got them both," Beane said Monday. "It was no 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."

By acknowledging it was "kind" of the Cardinals to let Boyd interview, Beane means they could've denied the Bills' request, just like the Dolphins could have with Schoen. ProFootballTalk reported that Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum "decided to allow the move in order to foster an atmosphere of upward mobility in Miami, with quality work resulting in a reward — even if the reward comes from a division rival."

Boyd's most recent title with the Cardinals was assistant director of pro scouting, which he held for the last three years. He boasts 14 seasons of NFL scouting experience.

Boyd, 46, played defensive back for the Vikings in 1994, logging one interception. He replaces Rob Hanrahan, who was the Bills' director of pro personnel on Rex Ryan's staff.

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