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ORCHARD PARK, NY – One day after announcing the dismissal of general manager Doug Whaley, the Bills have already targeted to their first potential candidate to fill the void.

According to a report from ESPN’s Wendy Nix, Buffalo has asked permission to speak with Carolina Panthers assistant GM Brandon Beane about the position.

In March, a report from CBS Sports Jason LaCanfora first hinted at Buffalo parting ways with Whaley and mentioned Beane as a potential predecessor. Now, it appears the Bills are looking to make him their first interview for the position.

Beane, 39, has been part of the Carolina Panthers organization for all 19 years he’s worked in the NFL. After graduating from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1998, he joined the team’s staff in a media relations role. He spent seven seasons as the team’s director of football operations, before being promoted to assistant GM in 2015.

Technically, if Beane were to get the Bills job, it wouldn’t be his first time handling general manager responsibilities. He actually served as interim GM for the Panthers in 2012, following the firing of Marty Hurney after a 1-5 start that season. Under Beane’s control the Panthers went 6-4 the rest of the way.

When Carolina hired current general manager David Gettleman the following January, Beane remained on the staff and was eventually promoted to assistant general manager in 2015.

Finding someone who can work in cohesion with McDermott is priority number one for Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula, so It’s hardly a coincidence that Sean McDermott spent the last six seasons on Carolina’s staff as defensive coordinator, and surely has a preexisting relationship with him.

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