Beane disputes Ansah report

Buffalo Bills

DETROIT, MI – DECEMBER 02: Detroit Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah (94) rushes during a regular season game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Detroit Lions on December 2, 2018 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Brandon Beane is tired of dealing with the rumors. 

On Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network tweeted that the Seahawks had emerged as the “favorites” to land free agent pass rusher Ziggy Ansah. 

That’s news to Beane, who says he is still in contact with Ansah’s agents. He wasn’t afraid to take a shot at Rapoport while asserting the Bills remain in the running to land the former Detroit Lion. 

“I don’t buy into that garbage,” Beane said. “Especially when I consider where some of the sourcing comes from. Maybe it is fact. The people that I talk to that represent (Ansah), they don’t say it as fact. I do know we’re in on it. We’re still talking.”

Beane made the comments during the Tim Graham Show on 1270 The Fan in Buffalo Wednesday afternoon. 

Rapoport followed with another report Wednesday night that Ansah had agreed to a deal with Seattle and would sign it on Thursday. 

This isn’t the first rumor courtesy of Rapoport that’s angered Beane. The reporter also “broke” the ill-fated Antonio Brown to Buffalo story just before free agency began in March. 

Hours later, there were legitimate doubts about its accuracy. Beane released a statement the next morning to finally kill it. 

Adam Schefter of ESPN followed in April with a story that the Bills had interest in punter Marquette King, only to have Western New York reporters refute that story within the same day. 

Beane says fellow executives approached him at the league meetings to discuss the irritation of having to deal with such reports and the common, erroneous places they often originate. 

“I’m passionate about this,” Beane said. “Single source reporting is something very frustrating for me and people in my position. That’s not how I was raised. I was raised to do business the right way and I don’t think that’s the way it is.”

The Bills general manager lamented that if Ansah doesn’t sign with the Seahawks, Rapoport could avoid accountability by pointing out that his tweet only labeled Seattle as the “favorite” to sign him. 

Beane implored Graham and, by extension, all media to consider the source of the rumors when discussing such stories. 

“Certain people have been wrong more than they’re right and I think it’s a poor job that they’ve done,” he said. 

Making Beane’s job that much harder. 

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