Cincinnati Bengals to acquire OT Cordy Glenn from Buffalo Bills
The Cincinnati Bengals are set to acquire offensive tackle Cordy Glenn from the Buffalo Bills. In exchange, the Bills will move up nine positions in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Buffalo goes from pick 21 to pick 12. Cincinnati will also receive the Bills fifth-round pick and Buffalo gets the Bengals sixth-round selection.
Glenn, 28 years old, has been the starting left tackle for Buffalo over the last six years. He was the Bills 2nd-round selection in 2012. Glenn has three years remaining on his contract, worth $30 million dollars. There is an out for the Cincinnati Bengals if he goes south during this season that will allow them to release him with no penalty next March.
Cordy Glenn fills a glaring hole on the left side of the offensive line. The Cedric Ogbueghi/Jake Fisher experiment is now likely over. Ogbueghi was the Bengals first round pick in 2015 and Fisher was their second-round pick. The move also pairs Glenn with his college teammate at Georgia, Clint Boling. In Athens however, it was Boling who was the left tackle and Glenn who was the left guard. It is the first time the Bengals have executed a trade like this since 2004 when they acquired CB Deltha O’Neal from Denver and moved down seven spots.
The Cincinnati Bengals should now be in the sweet spot of the first round for pick value. They can upgrade their interior offensive line with Isaiah Wynn (Georgia), James Daniels (Iowa), or Will Hernandez (UTEP). They could also look to the tight end position to replace Tyler Eifert, who will surely leave as a free agent. The players who will have value at pick 21 are Dallas Goedert (South Dakota State) and Mike Gesicki (Penn State). I also would not rule out Alabama LB Rashaan Evans. The Bengals also now have three fifth-round picks.
For the Buffalo Bills, this trade was all about setting themselves up to shoot up the draft order to draft a quarterback. The move is eerily similar to what the Eagles did two years ago. They swapped spots in the first round with Miami and used that as a launching off point to acquire Carson Wentz. If they had stayed put at 21 & 22 it would have cost them significantly more. Now, the Buffalo Bills will not have to give all or most of their five picks in the top 65. Three teams that could be in a perfect spot to trade up with are Indianapolis at #3, Cleveland at #4, and Denver at #5.
This trade, just like the others I wrote about on Saturday, can’t become official until Wednesday.
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