ORCHARD PARK – Just over two months ago the Cincinnati Bengals were helping the Buffalo Bills clinch a playoff berth for the first time in 17 years by pulling off a comeback win over the Ravens in Week 17. On Monday, the Bengals were helping Buffalo again, this time in their efforts to potentially move up in the draft.
As first reported by Josina Anderson of ESPN, Buffalo and Cincinnati agreed to a deal that would send LT Cordy Glenn to the Bengals. In the trade, the two teams swapped first round picks, which bring the Bills to just outside the top 10 with the 12th overall selection. Originally, the Bills were set up to pick back-to-back at 21st and 22nd holding their own first rounder and the Chiefs. Buffalo retained the latter of the two first rounders, sending the 21st overall pick to the Bengals. The Bills also received a 2018 sixth-round pick from Cincy and sent their 2018 fifth-round pick.
With nine total picks including and a whopping six in the first three rounds, including the 12th overall pick, general manager Brandon Beane has positioned the Bills perfectly to move up into the top five for one of these highly-coveted rookie quarterbacks. It’s been rumored throughout the offseason that they were considering a move up the board, however, even with two firsts to offer teams a leap from the early 20s into the top five was going to be difficult. A package that includes the No. 12 pick, however, makes that move into the top five much more attainable. At the very least this puts the Bills in position to draft a quarterback, should any slip out of the top 10.
As for Glenn, his departure – like that of the quarterback he protected, Tyrod Taylor – seemed inevitable once reports surfaced that the Bills were looking to move the 28-year-old tackle around the time of the trade deadline. Following the 2015 season, Glenn was given the franchise tag and ultimately worked out a five-year extension with the team worth $60 million.
Unfortunately, injuries to his foot and ankle have kept him out of 15 games over each of the last two seasons. In 2017, despite numerous attempts at returning to action, he played in just six games before eventually being placed on the IR in mid December. The excessive injuries along with the emergence of rookie Dion Dawkins as a reliable blindside blocker in Glenn’s place, ultimately made the veteran expendable.
Trading Glenn will save Buffalo an additional $4.85 million in cap space, which pushes their total cap space to just under $40 million. About $9.76 million of that must be allocated for players drafted next month, assuming they use all nine of their picks. Glenn carries a $9.6 million dead cap hit, that will stay on the books for 2018. In total, Buffalo has $36 million in dead cap money to pay this year.