The Bills have moved up the first round of this year's National Football League draft by sending Cordy Glenn and the No. 21 pick to the Bengals in exchange for the No. 12 choice, The MMQB's Albert Breer reports. The Bengals will also acquire a fifth-round pick from Buffalo and send a sixth-round pick to the Bills as part of the exchange. That's why they were willing to trade Tyrod Taylor for a third round pick and it's way trading Glenn to move up to 12 was appealing. If the Browns want to take a quarterback, they will have their pick with the top overall selection in the draft.
As long as he's healthy, Glenn will be an instant upgrade over any tackle that the Bengals now have on the roster. He started 77 games for Buffalo in his six-year career, but missed most of last season with foot and ankle injuries that eventually landed him on IR.
And they may have to, considering that they do not now have much available at quarterback after they traded their starter, Tyrod Taylor, to the Cleveland Browns for the top pick in the third round.
Despite any concerns about Glenn's durability, he's a sensible addition for the Bengals after their offensive line was an area of weakness in 2017.
Of course, this trade could turn into a disaster for the Bengals if Glenn doesn't return to his pre-2016 form. When the trade is finalized on Wednesday, the Bills will free $4.85 million of cap space.
The Giants seem content to build around Eli Manning for the short-term, which is both slightly confusing, and intriguing for the Bills in their attempts to move up the board to draft a young, franchise quarterback.
Glenn signed a five-year, $60 million contract with the Bills in May 2016, but that was before Brandon Beane became the Bills general manager and Sean McDermott became their head coach.