Bills trade Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati to move up in 1st round

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The Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals made a massive trade Monday that sent offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and the 21st pick from Buffalo to Cincinnati for the 12th overall selection.

The trade, reported by multiple outlets, will also see the Bills swap their first-round pick (No. 21 overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft for the Bengals' first-round selection at No. 12.

The moves help place the Bills in position to use one of their first-round picks to draft a quarterback. It resulted in him signing a five-year, $65 million contract with the team during the 2016 off-season.

Glenn has been a Bills starter since his rookie season in 2012. If Glenn is healthy, he could be the anchor at left tackle the Bengals need.

The Bills set themselves up to possibly get their franchise quarterback in the draft.

According to Spotrac, Buffalo also frees up $4.85 million in salary cap space with the Glenn trade. the team now has a little over $39.7 million to spend this offseason.

It was discussed over the weekend how the Indianapolis Colts have a potential new trade partner in the Buffalo Bills during the 2018 NFL Draft after they traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns.

Using a conventional draft trade value chart, the Bills could package the Bengals' first-round pick and the No. 22 selection (acquired previous year from Kansas City) to move as high as No. 4. This allows the Bills to clear anywhere from four to six million dollars off their cap for 2018. Glenn spent most of last on the sidelines with a nagging foot injury.

The Buffalo Bills unloaded their high-priced and oft-injured left tackle and, in the process, may be in line to draft a quarterback next month. A big hit that they will take is his contract, but it will be worth it if Glenn can keep defenders off of Dalton. He missed five games and played a career-low 657 snaps in 2016.