Bills GM Brandon Beane ‘annoyed’ by tanking talk
When the Buffalo Bills traded two of their most talented players — wide receiver Sammy Watkins and cornerback Ronald Darby — for draft picks and lower-upside compensation, most read the moves as the new team brass flushing the 2017 season and eyeing a full rebuild with the draft capital.
New general manager Brandon Beane took issue with the notion that the Bills are tanking.
“I was very annoyed,” Beane told Pro Football Talk on Tuesday. “We would not have tried to get Anquan Boldin on our team if we were tanking. We would not have tried to get Jordan Matthews — who, if you look at his numbers in his first three years, they’re pretty good. We would not have tried to get E.J. Gaines. We would have just tried to get more Jim Kelly jersey draft capital if we weren’t worried about 2017. We’re going to compete our tails off for 2017.”
As NFL Network’s Gregg Rosenthal noted in the immediate aftermath of the trades, the Matthews and Gaines acquisitions allow the Buffalo brass to sell to the fan base that they aren’t completely cashing in the 2017 season. Football fans, however, aren’t teetering droolers. Bills fans, who have stuck by the team through a playoff-less streak that dates to pre-Y2K, know the score. They understand their team just shipped out two talented players for inferior replacements to get quality draft stock in return.
Beane went on to say that rookie Nathan Peterman will be ready to start if Taylor is unable to pass the league’s concussion protocol. Expanding on the fifth-round signal-caller, the Bills front-office leader gushed over Peterman as “better than I expected,” per Rodak.
“The moxie, the pocket presence, the leadership,” Beane said of the rookie, before noting that Peterman “seems to be natural” at leading a football team.
Coming off a horrible preseason, Taylor is now banged up and likely questioning his future with the Bills. Coach Sean McDermott called the quarterback “our starter” after Saturday’s loss to Baltimore. Still, the team owes Taylor just $1 million guaranteed after this season and could easily move on with Peterman or Fill-in-the-Blank.
All of that’s for another day, but Taylor remains a signal-caller with a shaky long-term scenario in Buffalo. As for Peterman, don’t expect to see much of him in Thursday night’s preseason finale against the Lions.
One other note out of Western New York: Beane was also asked about the future of Marcell Dareus, the behemoth defensive lineman who was sent home prior to the Bills Marcell Dareus jersey game for violating a team rule.
The extension is worth $16 million in new money with an additional $5.275 million this year, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the contract. Rapoport added that Wood received a $6.5 million signing bonus, and is due an additional $1.75 million roster bonus in five days as part of his $14.2 million in guarantees.
Wood was headed toward the final season of his five-year, $27.7 million contract signed in 2013. The extension keeps the 2009 first-round pick in Buffalo through the 2019 season.
At 31, Wood has been a stalwart in the center of the Bills’ offensive line, earning a Pro Bowl nod in 2015. The pivot started 57 straight games since 2013 before breaking his leg after nine games last season, ending his year. Wood’s injury healed up and he’s participated in each preseason game. The extension ensures he’ll anchor the line in Buffalo for years to come.