Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula said after firing Doug Whaley that the team would look for a new general manager who would be willing to join a collaborative effort between the front office, ownership, and head coach Sean McDermott.

To some, that sounded like the incoming GM wouldn’t have full control over the team’s roster.

However, a source told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network that Brandon Beane – whom the Bills hired Tuesday – will have full control of Buffalo’s 53-man roster, though he’ll still work closely with McDermott.

McDermott reportedly acted as the Bills’ de facto GM during the pre-draft process, with Whaley essentially stripped of his power. Pegula denied this, saying Whaley was in charge of the Bills’ draft despite being fired the day after the event ended.

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