Bills GM Sends a Strong Message About Trading QB Josh Allen

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Getty Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills.

Even the slightest whisper of the Buffalo Bills considering trading Josh Allen would start riots in the streets of Orchard Park, so when general manager Brandon Beane was asked about making a deal for the superstar quarterback, he shut it down real quick.

During Beane’s appearance on the March 21 episode of “The Pat McAfee Show,” the show’s host attempted to casually throw out a trade proposal for the $258 million man.

“Off the record, act like nobody’s listening. Nobody. Just between us,” McAfee said. “You send Josh Allen to the Colts … and we’ll give you … whatever you want. We doing that?”

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In response, Beane laughed. “I would trade myself before I traded Josh,” he replied.

Earlier in the episode, Beane discussed how Allen is the centerpiece of the team and how he’s earned the right to have a say in whom the team signs.

McAfee asked specifically about newly signed Bills tight end O.J. Howard. “You guys brought him in. Incredibly talented tight end. Do you guys have those conversations with [Allen]? Is he too young? Does he not want to be a part of that? How do you balance the entire thing of respecting his opinion but not putting too much on him at this young age in his career?”

Beane said that he sometimes talks to Allen three times a day, so the 25-year-old is very locked in.

“Josh is great. We have conversations … more on offensive players than anything. How he views certain guys, not only as players but in the locker room, what’s their leadership level, what are things that maybe I don’t see from my seat that a player brings intangibly.”


Beane Said Allen Helped Recruit Miller From the Golf Course

Beane mentioned that Allen is closely involved when it comes to decisions on offensive players, but he’s also become a major voice when it comes to snagging big names in free agency.

The Bills nearly broke the internet when they made the surprise announcement last week that eight-time Pro Bowler Von Miller was heading to Buffalo, and Beane told McAfree that Allen was FaceTiming the two-time Super Bowl champion from the golf course to seal the deal.

In his 11 years in the league, Miller has recorded 115.5 sacks, 233 quarterback hits, 154 tackles for a loss, 27 forced fumbles, 22 passes defended and two interceptions, per Bills Wire, and will no doubt offer the team’s defense a massive boost.

After Miller inked his six-year, $120 million deal with the Bills, he said working with a team led by Allen was a huge part of the draw that ultimately got him to leave the Los Angeles Rams.

“Josh Allen is a creature,” Miller told reporters on March 17 at his introductory press conference. “He’s a beast. He makes every throw on the football field. He’s big and strong. The aspect that I love about [Allen] the most is his ability to get guys to play at an ability they wouldn’t normally play at. … It’s Josh Allen’s ability to make these guys feel like superheroes and I was a fan of that for sure.”


Allen Got a Heads Up Before Buffalo Signed QBs Case Keenum & Matt Barkley

Beane mentioned last season that he called Allen for his opinion before signing Mitch Trubisky as the team’s backup quarterback, and he did the same thing before deciding on trading with the Cleveland Browns to land new backup Case Keenum and signing backup quarterback Matt Barkley.

“He and Matt are very close friends,” Beane said of Allen and Barkley.

“So, we talk. And again, Josh is cool. H understands sometimes that he may mention a player and I say for whatever reason we can’t do it. I think he respects that we can shoot the s*** and go back and forth: This is kind of what we’re thinking. Are there any issues you’ve hears about this player if it’s somebody that we’re acquiring from another team?”

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