Buffalo needs a quarterback and now has made a major move. The Buffalo Bills are moving up in the first round! Left tackle Cordy Glenn has been shipped to the Bengals in exchange for a first round pick swap. Buffalo now moves up in the first round from 21 to 12. Buffalo will also send it’s 5th round choice for Cincy’s 6th round pick as well.
Peter Schrager of NFL Network/Fox Sports was the first to report the details of the deal:
Compensation for Cordy Glenn trade:
Bills and Bengals swap 1st Round picks. Bills go to 12. Bengals go to 21.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) March 12, 2018
Glenn has a huge contract that now gets cleared off the Bills books. Glenn has three-years, $30 million left on a massive contract that was signed in 2016. Glenn has been injury prone recently and lost his starting left tackle job to Dion Dawkins who has been flat out phenomenal since getting drafted in the 2nd round in the 2017 NFL Draft. Glenn has an absurd cap number of $14.45 million in 2018 with a roster bonus of $6.5 million coming up later this month. For a player that the Bills have been looking to dump, they get a great value.
This deal looks a lot like what Howie Roseman did with the Eagles two years ago. Remember when Roseman dumped Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to Miami in what was a long move to eventually acquire Carson Wentz. That one turned out quite well. Buffalo is probably thinking the same route in an effort to get a new franchise quarterback.
The Bengals clearly needed a left tackle. This position has been a black hole ever since Andrew Whitworth signed with the Rams a year ago. Both Jake Fisher and Cedric Ogbeuhi have not worked out as planned either. Glenn will need to stay healthy to help Cincy after he played just 6 games in 2017 after being placed on IR.