Beane: 'Now that we’ve spent our free agency money, focus is on the draft'

The Bills general manager says the team can still do some "lower-level" deals

Sal Capaccio
March 16, 2018 - 11:11 am

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Orchard Park, NY (WGR 550) - The Buffalo Bills appear to be done with any significant free agent moves. General manager Brandon Beane gave a pretty clear indication of that when he met with the media here Friday morning.

“Now that we’ve spent our money, [the focus] is about 100-percent on the draft, for the most part,” Beane said.  

The team has signed four unrestricted free agents from other clubs, inking defensive tackle Star Lotulelei (Carolina Panthers), safety Rafael Bush (New Orleans Saints), defensive end Trent Murphy (Washington Redskins), linebacker Julian Stanford (New York Jets), and quarterback A.J. McCarron (Cincinnati Bengals). They also added cornerback Vontae Davis, running back Chris Ivory, and defensive end Owa Odighizuwa prior to the start of free agency, and announced the re-signing of defensive tackle Kyle Williams and running backs Travaris Cadet and Taiwan Jones.

“We’re very low on money,” Beane said, referring to the salary cap. “We can do some lower-level things. But nothing that’s going to hit the ticker.”

While he wouldn’t give an exact figure on the team’s cap situation, Beane said “we’ve got to save money for the draft picks, and I like to be conservative with the injury replacement cost, you know when you get guys injured starting in camp and through the year, you’ve got to have money to replace those guys. So I like to hold a little nest egg there. In my mind of free agency money, we’ve got a little bit left, but it’s not much.”

Those comments seem to indicate that the Bills may not be bringing either free agent linebacker Preston Brown or cornerback E.J. Gaines back, despite neither signing elsewhere so far. A report from NewYorkUpstate.com surfaced late Thursday night that the team had a standing offer for Brown and that the linebacker is weighing his options.

“I’m not going to get too deep into what’s offered and what’s not," Beane said. “We’re still talking with a lot of guy, including them. We would love to have them back, but other than that, until something’s done, that’s really where it’s at.”

You can hear all of Beane's press conference below:


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03-16 Brandon Beane Press Conference

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