Bills decided Josh Allen was their franchise quarterback when he was late for dinner

General manager Brandon Beane was impressed with Allen still making the dinner
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The Bills Buffalo decided Josh Allen was their next franchise quarterback when he was late for dinner.

Back in 2018, when it was normal for NFL coaches and executives to fly across the country for a high-powered dinner date, the Bills’ contingent flew out to Wyoming to sit down with Allen days before the NFL Draft. Buffalo’s traveling entourage consisted of the following decision-makers, according to the Athletic: Owners Terry and Kim Pegula, general manager Bradon Beane, head coach Sean McDermott, offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, quarterbacks coach David Culley and assistant general manager Joe Schoen.

The plane abruptly descended before landing, but the Bills’ representatives got to the steakhouse on time, the Athletic reports. However, Allen did not. He arrived hours into the meal, because his plane from California was delayed. Denver, the closest major airport, was a two-hour drive from the restaurant.

Despite the travel snafu, Allen didn’t stand the Bills up. Beane says he was impressed.

“[Allen] could have easily said, ‘I’m running late, I’ll see you tomorrow.' That’s happened before with players. He didn’t do that,” Beane said. “That showed you how much it meant to him, the opportunity to be in front of us any chance he could. I thought, ‘Man, this guy is mature. He’s a pro. He gets it.’”

The belated meeting went well: Beane says they stayed there past 11 p.m. After some frantic draft day dealing, the Bills moved up to No. 7 overall and picked Allen. The previous year, the Bills missed out on Patrick Mahomes, trading the very pick used to select the future MVP.

Choosing Allen made up for the mistake.

Obviously, Allen’s commitment to a steak dinner would mean nothing if he wasn’t a dynamic talent. But his mature communication skills provided Beane an insight into his personality. Those are the kinds of tidbits that are missing this year, with all meetings conducted virtually.

Maybe if Allen met Beane over a screen instead of a T-Bone, he would be playing quarterback somewhere else.