Bills GM takes minor shot at Bengals after divisional round clash

The Cincinnati Bengals are on to thinking about the Kansas City Chiefs and the upcoming AFC title game.

But it’s worth looking back for just a moment to catch some interesting comments from Bills general manager Brandon Beane.

Beane, while meeting with reporters, was asked if Cincinnati’s team-building strategy might be something other teams try to copy in the future. While Beane was complimentary of the Bengals, he also threw out a zinger:

“They have a good team. They right now are on the advantage of a rookie quarterback contract. They had some lean years, without having to get too much into their build. I don’t want to suck bad enough to have to get Ja’Marr Chase. He’s a heck of a talent. I would love to have him. But you gotta go through some lean years to do that.”

WGRZ’s J.T. Messinger captured the whole exchange:

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It probably reads worse than it sounds, but it’s still a funny note — Bengals fans would probably take the “suck” of the last few years if it meant getting Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase before finding these successes.

There’s also a debate worth having about how much teams can compete after paying a quarterback huge numbers. Either way, Buffalo’s confronting that problem now in a harsh way and the Bengals will have to deal with it soon as they get ready to give Burrow a huge extension.

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Story originally appeared on Bengals Wire