Brandon Beane, who has worked for the Carolina Panthers for 18 years, moved another step closer to his dream job Wednesday when he was promoted to assistant general manager.
Beane, 38, the director of football operations since 2008, served as the Panthers' interim general manager for the final 10 games in 2012 after Marty Hurney was fired. The Panthers went 6-4 over that span, but Beane did not receive a formal interview before Dave Gettleman was hired as Hurney's successor from a field of four candidates.
Gettleman retained Beane and increased his scouting responsibilities, which could help Beane's chances the next time there's a general manager opening in Carolina or elsewhere. Beane said he scouted college games the day before the Panthers played most weekends last season.
Beane said Wednesday he appreciates the faith shown in him by owner Jerry Richardson, Hurney and Gettleman, a longtime scout who has been working with Beane on player evaluations.
"There's no guarantee when you bring somebody new in. But he did everything," Beane said of Gettleman. "He gave me a chance. He's mentored me and it's been a blessing."
During his stint as interim general manager, Beane played a role in the free-agent signings of kicker Graham Gano and defensive end Mario Addison.
He also executed draft-day trades that resulted in the Panthers selecting cornerback Bene' Benwikere, receiver Devin Funchess and offensive tackle Daryl Williams the past two years, according to the Panthers.
"Brandon is very deserving of this opportunity," Gettleman said in a release. "He has worked tremendously hard in helping us build this roster, and his responsibilities have increased every year he’s been here. He is smart, organized and has a knack for problem-solving. I look forward to continuing to work with him."
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