The return of Cole Beasley did not happen overnight.
On Tuesday, Beasley re-signed the the Buffalo Bills (10-3) once again. Previously retired, the 33-year-old and the team he played for in 2021 have had a reunion.
That comes after Beasley had a quick and uneventful spell with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers earlier in 2022. After speculation insisted all summer that Beasley had interest from other teams, he did not sign with the Bucs until Sept. 20.
By Oct. 8, he was retired.
However, Beasley said during in re-introductory press conference in Buffalo on Wednesday that he felt like he had unfinished business.
“I just knew I still wanted to play,” Beasley said. “The retirement was more of it wasn’t the situation I thought it was going to be going to Tampa. So, all I knew is that wasn’t where I wanted to be.”
Now that Beasley is getting his chance at a bit of Buffalo and NFL redemption, the question still begs: How?
General manager Brandon Beane revealed that it was the player that reached out to the team.
“He called and said, ‘Listen, I retired, but I still am open to playing. I know you guys have had some injuries there,'” Beane said.
For more on how the two sides came together, see the attached video below:
#Bills GM Brandon Beane explains how the signing of Cole Beasley came together.
"Cole reached out a couple weeks ago, it was right after Thanksgiving, he called and just said listen I know I retired but I'm still open to playing." pic.twitter.com/Zf9HhEfAtr
— Heather Prusak (@haprusak) December 14, 2022