The Bills will turn to a former Carolina Panther to help build their future roster.
Buffalo announced Friday that ex-Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan will take over as the team's new director of player personnel, filling a void left by Brian Gaine, who took the Texans' general manager job this offseason.
Morgan played for seven seasons with the Panthers from 2001 to 2007 and eventually found a spot in the Seattle Seahawks' scouting department in his life-after-football days. Morgan worked his way up the ranks there, eventually becoming director of pro personnel -- something Bills general manager Brandon Beane lauded when announcing the Morgan hiring this week.
"First thing we were looking for was culture fit," Beane said in a statement. "I was in Carolina when we drafted Dan as a player and he would be a 'Bills blue' as our kind of guy. As a player he was always prepared, worked hard, did everything. He worked his way up from the bottom [with the Seahawks]. He didn't get placed into a seat because of his status as a former player. Sometimes that's warranted, but Dan was a scouting intern with the Seattle Seahawks in 2010 and worked his way up to a director of pro scouting. That's not an easy transition to go from the field to a grunt in our business. It's humbling and he did it and he's risen to director of pro [scouting].