The Bengals have surprised fans and analysts alike and entered the Cordy Glenn trade sweepstakes. The Bengals will be swapping first round picks with the Bills (No. 12 for No. 21) and the Bills will give the Bengals their fifth round pick in exchange for the Bengals’ sixth round pick. The Bengals didn’t lose any draft picks quantitatively but now have a worse spot in the draft order in the first round.
Glenn had a down and injury-plagued 2017 season in which he only played five games, but prior to that he was a top-ranked offensive tackle in the NFL since 2012. In 2016, Glenn received an 82.8 overall Pro Football Focus grade, which ranked 21st out of 76 qualifying tackles. In 2016 he earned the 10th highest pass blocking efficiency at 96.4 from PFF, while only allowing 17 total pressures. His pass block grade of 85.0 ranked 14th. In 2016, PFF ranked him among the top five young offensive tackles in the league.
One of the negatives of signing Glenn is the massive contract the Bengals are now taking on, the same reason the Bills were trying to trade him.
Glenn signed a five-year, $60,000,000 contract with the Bills in 2016. $6.5M of his 2018 salary fully guarantees on March 16 and he’s due a $2 million roster bonus on March 18. All together, he has a $9,500,000 cap hit in 2018.
The #Bills take a $9.6M dead cap hit but clear $4.85M in 2018 cap by trading OT Cordy Glenn to the #Bengals. Cincy acquires caps of $11.25M/$9.25M/$9.5M thru 2020.https://t.co/aRI2RhzJ2S— Spotrac (@spotrac) March 12, 2018
But, with that said there is an out in Glenn’s contract in 2019 in which the Bengals could cut Glenn and only lose $6.4 million in 2019, while saving $41,250,000 in the process.
Here’s some thoughts on Glenn from Buffalo Rumblings, SB Nation’s Bills website:
The reason Glenn is on the outs is due to his health. After playing in 16 games in three consecutive seasons, Glenn missed five games in 2016 and 10 in 2017 with and ankle/foot injury. For that very large contract, the Bills want more in return. Rookie Dion Dawkins played well in relief of Glenn, or else this conversation wouldn’t even be on the table.
Hopefully Glenn gets healthy and ready to be the Bengals’ starting left tackle. This means Cedric Ogbuehi is now fighting for a job in Cincinnati.
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Need to wait and see.