The Bills have hired Brian Gaine away from the Texans. Buffalo announced that Gaine is coming aboard as the new VP of Player Personnel.
The move will sting for the Texans as Gaine was one of GM Rick Smith‘s top assistants. At the same time, Gaine has received serious consideration for GM jobs in the past, including the Bills during this cycle, so they have been bracing for this day. Brandon Beane, the newly appointed GM in Buffalo, says he is excited to work with Gaine as a talent evaluator.
“It’s generally a pretty lateral move, but Brian was excited about building this and starting this,” Beane said in a press release. “I think partnering with me and [assistant G.M. Joe Schoen] was attractive. I know Brian and who he is to the core and trust that he’s going to be a big time asset.”
Because this was something of a “lateral move,” as Beane phrased it, the Texans were not contractually obligated to let Gaine out of his contract. However, he has family in New York and he preferred the opportunity in Buffalo to what he had in front of him in Houston.
The Bills, 49ers, Eagles, Bears, and Jets all interviewed Gaine for GM openings in recent years. Even though he’ll be joining up with Beane’s operation for 2017, we can probably expect him to get some GM attention next offseason if things go well.
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