Bills GM Beane had a busy week leading into free agency

Bills GM Beane had a busy week leading into free agency
FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills' Tyrod Taylor (5) scrambles under pressure from Carolina Panthers' Star Lotulelei (98) in the second half of an NFL football game, in Charlotte, N.C. A person familiar with the situation confirms to The Associated Press that free agent defensive tackle Star Lotulelei has reached an agreement to sign a five-year contract with the Buffalo Bills. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing won't become official until the NFL's business year opens on Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn, File)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills general manager Brandon Beane wasn’t fooling around when saying he had a lot of work to do shortly after Buffalo enjoyed its first playoff appearance in 18 years.

The transformation Beane began during his first season on the job continued into Wednesday.

That’s when the Bills were allowed to announce the series of trades and signings completed before the NFL’s new business year began.

Third-year starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor was traded to Cleveland for a third-round pick.

Starting left tackle Cordy Glenn was shipped to Cincinnati in a trade in which the Bengals and Bills also swapped first-round picks. Buffalo moved up nine spots in the draft order by acquiring the Bengals’ 12th selection, while giving up their 21st pick.

As for free agent additions, the Bills confirmed their most high-profile addition in reaching a deal to sign former Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Star Lotulelei to a five-year contract. They added a pass-rushing specialist in defensive end Trent Murphy, who agreed to a three-year contract.

The Bills added defensive backfield depth by agreeing with safety Rafael Bush on a two-year contract. They also reached a deal to sign linebacker Julian Stanford to a two-year contract.


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