It’s gotten to the point where Cordy Glenn playing for the Bengals this season seems beyond doubtful. It’s been over two months since Glenn suffered a concussion and his road to recovery has seemed to hit every bump in the road imaginable. This is brain damage we’re talking about to after all.
The more recent developments with Glenn make it seem like he could be on the way out of Cincinnati altogether. After being suspended for a game by the team for “internal disciplinary reasons”, Glenn didn’t even travel with the team to London for Sunday’s game against the Rams.
Head coach Zac Taylor said he kept Glenn home because he didn’t feel well after practicing this week, but it’s hard not to speculate other more pressing issues keeping Glenn and the team apart, especially after the reported events that led to his suspension.
Cutting Glenn would be the expected move for the Bengals to make if they want to rid him from the roster. The appropriate action to do before that would be seeing what the trade market for Glenn looks like. Him not playing this season obviously lowers his perceived value, but a theoretical something would be better than nothing.
But which teams would want to trade for Glenn? The market is probably not very large considering teams that are in a position to be buyers at the trade deadline are in legitimate contention to make the playoffs, and most of those teams don’t need starting help on the offensive line this late in the season. That doesn’t mean the market would be nonexistent, though.
Here are four teams that the could realistically trade for Glenn before tomorrow’s trade deadline.
The Chiefs are hurting for offensive line help, as they are already without left tackle Eric Fisher. The former first-overall pick has been out since the middle of Week 2, when he injured his groin leading up to a game against the Raiders. The injury forced Fisher to undergo surgery and while he’s on track to return this season, his replacement Cameron Erving has been mediocre at best.
Trading for Glenn would give the Chiefs some more stability in place of Fisher and a better backup option in case he gets hurt again. For a team that is counting on a currently-injured Patrick Mahomes, protecting the quarterback is priority No. 1.
Trading for left tackle Duane Brown last year went a long way for the Seahawks’ offense. Unfortunately, Brown can’t also play right tackle, where Germain Ifedi is still underwhelming as a starter. Not only is Seattle so clearly in a win-now mode after dealing for Brown and Jadeveon Clowney two months ago, they need to keep pace with the NFC West-leading 49ers.
Going after Glenn to start at right tackle is an aggressive mode that borders pure desperation, but the Seahawks are a team that would consider it.
A couple years ago, the Vikings signed a former Bengals tackle to play guard. That experiment, starring Andre Smith, didn’t last very long, and their problems at the position haven’t been solved in the time since. Both left guard Pat Elflein and right guard Josh Kline are replaceable talents at each position and their depth along the interior is minimal. Glenn could make a difference if injuries try to stunt a playoff run for the leaders of the NFC North.
Last but perhaps not least, the team up I-71. The Bengals trading the Browns Glenn before they even play them is, admittedly, ludicrous. But they’re undeniably the most desperate team in the market for tackles. They’ve been reportedly badgering Washington for Trent Williams for weeks and have even reached out for Giants’ left tackle Nate Solder and backup right tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai of the Eagles.
If they want to salvage a season that was supposed to feature the playoffs, improving their tackle play is paramount. Will they get desperate enough for Mike Brown and the front office to budge?
Probably not, but anything’s possible.