The Buffalo Bills endure one of the most heartbreaking losses to finish their 2021 season. A few months after that loss, their GM, Brandon Beane has his sights set on this year’s draft to ensure the team remains as competitive as possible.
The Bills finished the season 11-6 and won the AFC East. Along with that, they had the #3 seed in the AFC. After comfortably beating the Patriots in the wild card round, they found themselves once again facing off against Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. Their 2020 season ended in Kansas City at the AFC Championship game, 2021 was more of the same but, in the divisional round.
Their divisional-round matchup was a legendary game that featured unbelievable offense including a 13-second drive by Patrick Mahomes to force the game into overtime. Had the Bills won the coin toss, this could be a completely different article. However, they didn’t and the way both offenses were playing, whoever got the ball in overtime would win the game and that’s exactly what happened.
Given the nature of the game and the way it ended, it was clear the Bills had some work to do during the offseason. Brandon Beane described what they need to do for 2022.
Brandon Beane explains how important the draft is for the Bills
Appearing on ‘The Pat McAfee Show’, Brandon Beane was quoted saying “We have to get over that hump. The Kansas City Chiefs is the team that in the last 2 playoffs have knocked us out. We’ve got to win our division, it starts there. Then, we have to knock this draft out.”
Beane further added “We’re pretty much done with free agency because unless you have guys have some money, we’re pretty much out. We’re shopping in the very low end of the pool right now, just trying to fill some holes. Our main focus is going back to pro-days and workouts. All drafts are important but this is gonna be a really important one for us with where we are with the cap, we’ve got to hit on some of these low-cost guys.”
With an estimated $4 million remaining in cap space, the Bills certainly don’t have much playing room anymore but they did bring in Von Miller on a big 6-year $120 million deal. So, they haven’t been completely dormant but it makes sense that Brandon Beane wants to nail the draft to get some quality players that aren’t too expensive.