There is some evidence: Beane, 38, has steadily climbed the ranks after joining the organization in 1998 as a member of the communications staff. He’s since been seasoned in nearly every role a general managerneeds to know, from scouting at the college and pro level to negotiations and budgets. According to the team’s official press release, not only did Beane help put together Carolina’s draft board the past four years, he’s “also been responsible for directing portions of the NFL Draft, including executing trades that netted the Panthers cornerbackBené Benwikere, wide receiverDevin Funchessand offensive tackleDaryl Williams.” While we clearly don't have a great picture. It's pretty clear that Beane, has and will continue to have strong seasoning in the scouting realm. Given that Gettlemen is great in scouting in his own right, not one to put sentiment over judgment, has had three years worth of time with himand continues to think highly,speaks volumes.