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Bills Links, 2/26: Brandon Beane’s approach to the offseason, Cody Ford’s future

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The 2020 NFL Combine roars into day four in Indianapolis, and we’ve got Buffalo Bills fans covered with the latest news from the Combine and from around the league. In today’s edition of the links, we address comments made by general manager Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott at the Combine and read between the lines for what it means for the offseason. We also discuss the “deep” crop of wide receivers in the NFL Draft, examine the news that Buffalo won’t use the franchise tag, explore Cody Ford’s future on the offensive line, and much more!


Brandon Beane: “I enjoy meeting the players…who’s the man behind the helmet?”
Bills general manager Brandon Beane joined One Bills Live on February 25, 2020 from the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.

Reading between the lines of Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott at NFL combine – The Athletic
Matthew Fairburn and Joe Buscaglia sat down to discuss how we interpreted the team’s comments. (Subscription required).

NFL Combine 2020: Deciphering 7 Brandon Beane, Sean McDermott comments for offseason clues - newyorkupstate.com
What position will Bills address in first round of NFL Draft? Which of the team’s free agents will be back?

Brandon Beane at NFL combine: 9 takeaways from Bills GM’s briefing – The Buffalo News
No. 1: The team is looking for a difference-maker, not necessarily specific characteristics.

How Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott will look to rebuild Buffalo’s roster for 2020
Both general manager Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott spoke to the media from the NFL Combine and previewed Buffalo’s offseason plans when it comes to roster construction.

Beane: Bills aren't looking for a specific type of WR | WGR 550 SportsRadio
Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane spoke to local reporters on Tuesday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

NFL Combine 2020: What Bills GM and head coach said about ‘deep’ WR draft class - newyorkupstate.com
Brandon Beane: "There’s going to be guys drafted on the third day of the draft who may come in and take a veteran’s spot on a team."

Bills Today | Will any of these top 50 prospects head to Buffalo?
Here are three things to know about the Bills for Tuesday, Feb. 25.

NFL Combine: Buffalo Bills are seeking help at wide receiver - Democrat & Chronicle
The Bills need another wide receiver, and the 2020 NFL Draft will be a great place to look for one.

Brandon Beane: "Draft, Develop, and Sign Our Own"
Bills general manager Brandon Beane addresses the media at the 2020 NFL Combine.

Bills not planning to use franchise or transition tags on free agents, Beane says – The Buffalo News
Buffalo is scheduled to have 11 unrestricted free agents when the new league year starts next month.

Super Bowl champion coach Andy Reid on Sean McDermott’s first 3 years in Buffalo - newyorkupstate.com
McDermott served as Reid’s defensive coordinator in Philadelphia for one season in 2011 and spent over a decade on Reid’s coaching staff as he moved up through the ranks.

Bills GM Brandon Beane on Norman, receivers, replacing Alexander – The Buffalo News
Beane confirmed the team has talked with free agent cornerback Josh Norman, who was released by Washington.

Bills keeping their options open with Cody Ford along offensive line – The Buffalo News
Ford could play right tackle or guard for the Bills moving forward.

Buffalo Bills hoping the XFL survives, produces NFL-ready players - Democrat & Chronicle
TV ratings are dropping every week, so who knows if the XFL will survive, but Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott like how it can help train players.

Bills, free agent cornerback Josh Norman have had opening dialogue – The Buffalo News
Does it make sense to add the veteran cornerback?

‘This is a great time’: Bills co-owner Kim Pegula gives advice to women seeking NFL careers – The Buffalo News
Kim Pegula was a featured speaker at the NFL’s Women’s Careers in Football Forum at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis.

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2020 NFL Combine: Buffalo Bills NFL Draft prospect meeting tracker - Buffalo Rumblings
Who met with the Bills at the Combine?

2020 NFL Combine: Key measurements for QB, TE, and WR prospects - Buffalo Rumblings
Here are the major measurements from the first group of Combine prospects.

Wide receiver vs defensive line: What should Buffalo Bills do with their 2020 NFL Draft first-round pick? - Buffalo Rumblings
Possibly the two biggest needs on the team right now, what direction should the Bills go?

Buffalo Bills Q&A: WR in draft vs free agency, adding Yannick Ngakoue - Buffalo Rumblings
How should the Bills tackle their WR problem?

Buffalo Bills will not tag any impending free agents - Buffalo Rumblings
The Bills don’t need to cling onto any free agents this year.

Billieve: Grading the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line - Buffalo Rumblings
After an active offseason that saw the Buffalo Bills overhaul their offensive line, the team saw a major improvement in play during the 2019 season. But just how good were they?

Brandon Beane: Buffalo Bills have spoken to cornerback Josh Norman - Buffalo Rumblings
While he says the team has had "initial conversations" with the veteran, no deal is imminent.