Orchard Park, NY - The Bills took another step towards landing their next franchise quarterback.
There are multiple reports Monday that the Bills have traded offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to the Bengals.
In return, the Bills get to jump up nine spots in the first round. Buffalo will take over Cincinnati's spot at 12th overall while the Bengals fall back to number 21.
Buffalo also will drop 29 spots on day three of the draft. ESPN's Dan Graziano reports that the Bills will send their first 5th round pick (158 overall) to Cincinnati for the Bengals' 6th rounder (187 overall).
This move gets the Bills in much better position to jump up into the top five picks of the first round and land a top quarterback.
No NFL team had ever traded out of a top five pick to a position in the first round outside the top 20 picks. At pick 21, the Bills would be asking a team near the top of the draft to make an unprecedented move.
Now, any drop for a team like the Giants at pick two or the Colts at pick three would not be so precipitous.
Reportedly, the Bengals will assume all of Glenn's current contract. This allows the Bills to clear anywhere from four to six million dollars off their cap for 2018.
Glenn struggled with injuries after signing a five year, 60 million dollar contract in May of 2016. He played 11 games in 2016 and only six last year.
The Bills used Dion Dawkins in Glenn's spot at left tackle the final ten games of the season. The rookie certainly showed enough promise to make Glenn expendable, especially considering his contract and injury history.
Between adding a 3rd round pick for a quarterback they didn't really want (Tyrod Taylor) and moving up nine spots in the first round for a tackle they didn't really want, Brandon Beane and Sean McDermott have done plenty of work towards getting the Bills in position to get the quarterback they want.
Now, all they have to do is be right about the quarterback.
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