5 takeaways from Buffalo Bills decision to trade Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati Bengals
Another business day and another… well, business day for the Buffalo Bills.
According to multiple reports, the Bills sent left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals in a deal which also involved a slew of draft picks being exchanged between the two sides. The deal came one business day after the Bills traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns on Friday.
With that, here are five takeaways from the Bills’ decision to trade Cordy Glenn to the Bengals:
Dion’s time: The Bills didn’t trade Cordy Glenn for a lack of production, when healthy. If he’s in the lineup, Glenn was a talented left tackle and earned his worth. When he began struggling with foot/ ankle injuries, that’s when fans soured on him. This trade can be viewed as a win for both sides. The Bengals have big needs on their offensive line, particularly at tackle, after losing Andrew Whitworth early in free agency to the Los Angeles Rams last year. As for the Bills have of the deal? Well, more draft capital.
Updated draft picks: In a matter of 96 hours, the Bills went from “probably” in the quarterback market, to “definitely” in the QB market. Along with sending the Glenn to Cincy, the Bills sent their first-round pick (21) and fifth-round pick. Buffalo acquired the Bengals’ first-round pick (12) and sixth-round pick. Here’s an updated look at their draft picks heading into the 2018 draft:
More importantly is where they sit in terms of pick value. According to Pro Football Reference, when the Bills picked at No. 21 and No. 22, those picks combined equaled 1,580 points which is valued close to the Bucs’ pick at No. 7. If the Bills want to trade up in the 2018 draft now with picks No. 12 and No. 22, that value gets them to 1,950. That sits right between the Browns’ pick at No. 4 (1800 point value) and the Colts’ pick at No. 3 (2200).
Updated salary cap: A once bleak looking salary cap number is looking prettier and prettier. After trading Glenn ($4.85 cap hit) on Monday and Tyrod Taylor ($10.44 cap hit) on Friday, the Bills have saved approximately $15 million in cap space. That brings the Bills to near $39 million in Top-51 cap space, per Spotrac. That gives Buffalo the 10th-most salary cap room in the NFL. The two deals also help big cap numbers come off the books in 2019 for the Bills. Per ESPN, with Taylor’s $17.38M hit and Glenn’s $12.45M hit in 2019 gone, the Bills will have near $100 million in salary cap space next offseason.
Change of guard: The Bills have moved out a lot of players that weren’t picked up when head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane were in town. Glenn was a second-round pick of the Bills in 2012. In a very short time, the locker room leaders for the Bills could be shifting. However, some of the movement is not the doing of Mc-Beane. Center Eric Wood was a 2009 first-round pick by the Bills but was forced to retire earlier this offseason due to a neck injury. Speaking of retirement, defensive tackle Kyle Williams might call it a career, too. If that happens, that would make defensive end Jerry Hughes the longest-tenured Bills player. The team acquired him in April 2013 via trade with the Indianapolis Colts.
Tackle depth a need: As prior mentioned, Dawkins, once viewed more as a guard on the offensive line prior to his selection in the second round of the 2017 draft, has solidified himself as a franchise left tackle. Outside of Dawkins, it’s looking shaky-at-best. Jordan Mills is the incumbent right tackle and consistently left more to be desired. Behind Dawkins and Mills, Conor McDermott, a 25-year-old rookie who was claimed off waivers by the Bills from the Patriots last year, is the lone tackle left on the roster from last year. Conor McDermott spent the entire season inactive and the oft-suspended Seatrel Henderson is a pending free agent. That can be viewed as a position of need, officially.