General Manager Brandon Beane sent a letter to Buffalo Bills season ticket holders this week that outlines the team's plans for the offseason and thanked fans for their "loyal dedication" to the franchise.
"The sole focus is to build the Buffalo Bills into a championship contender and help create a culture aimed at long-term, sustained success," Beane wrote. "That is what drives our entire staff here at One Bills Drive."
Beane's letter reiterated many of the talking points that he has referenced in his two years on the job. The long-term plan, Beane wrote to ticket holders, involves building through the draft, pointing to the 10 picks the team has in April. He also said that the team's salary cap situation is much improved from where it has been the past two years, which will allow the Bills to be players in free agency. Beane cautioned, though, that the team will be "calculated" with those free agent moves.
"We have work to do and we know it," Beane wrote. "Although we were very encouraged by our development and growth this year, we certainly have areas of need in all three phases."
Beane pointed to the acquisitions of Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds and Tre'Davious White, among others, as the start of a "new foundation" and said he's on the same page with team owners Terry and Kim Pegula, as well as coach Sean McDermott.
Here is the full text of the letter:
As I walked out of the stadium on December 30th, I had some different thoughts run through my head. Satisfaction from the win that day, yet disappointment with our final record. But mostly, I felt excitement with the opportunity that lies ahead.
The sole focus is to build the Buffalo Bills into a championship contender and help create a culture aimed at long-term success. That is what drives our entire staff here at One Bills Drive.
As we regroup from scouting trips to the East-West and Senior Bowl games, I wanted to take a moment to share with you the plan moving forward:
• We have work to do and we know it. Although we were very encouraged by our development and growth this year, we certainly have areas of need in all three phases.
• As I have stated since the day I arrived in Buffalo, we must continue to draft, develop and sign our own players, We have 10 picks this year which gives us another great opportunity to add more talent to our foundation. Our scouts have been hard at work since last summer evaluating college players.
• Our salary cap situation has improved greatly. It was a strategic move to have so much dead cap space last year in order to put us in a better situation moving forward. We will use that to our advantage.
• We intend to be active in the free agent market, but we will be calculated with those decisions.
• The previous two draft classes have begun a new foundation of young players on our roster. We are encouraged by the development thus far by players like Josh Allen, Tremaine Edmunds, Tre’Davious White and others. Each of them was given an individual plan of improvement at season’s end and they understand they have a lot of work in front of them.
We have opportunities to improve our team this offseason and the Pegulas, Sean (McDermott) and I are all on the same page and determined to bring winning football to the city of Buffalo.
Thank you for your loyal dedication to this franchise.