Bills GM has classic response to criticism over trading up for Josh Allen

I'd say it worked out!

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The Buffalo Bills might not have made it to the Super Bowl since the 1990s but as long as they have Josh Allen leading the charge on offense, they'll always be a contender to make it to the big game. Those who remember Allen's first few years might also remember how much criticism the front office received for the trade that netted them Allen.

The Bills had originally owned the 12th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft but moved up to seven overall so that they could take the Wyoming signal-caller. The Bills swapped spots with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and also kicked the Bucs some second-round picks as well.

When speaking to the media at the Combine on Tuesday, Brandon Beane talked about this trade and what his thoughts were on it at the time.

Brandon Beane: "And if [Allen] does work out, nobody's gonna give a s**t."

This is the attitude the more NFL GMs should have when going into these kind of deals. Yes, you can play it safe and make a less dangerous move in the draft but if you have a chance to land a franchise quarterback, you have to do it. If it doesn't work out, you'll be let go but that could also be the case if you play it safe for too long.

Beane and the Bills were aggressive here and added Allen. At the beginning of his career, it felt like the move might have been a big mistake, as the Wyoming quarterback struggled throughout the first year and a half of his career before becoming the player we now know and love.

Quarterbacks run the league and if a team has a good quarterback, they'll be a Super Bowl contender. People thought Buffalo gave up too much at the time to move up and nab the Wyoming product but I'd say that Brandon Beane is 100% right. Allen worked out so nobody gives a s**t.