The Buffalo Bills have traded starting left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals for the 12th overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. Josina Anderson of ESPN was the first to report of the tread via Twitter.
— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 12, 2018
According to Adam Schefter, the Bengals will be getting draft picks along with Gleen. Schefter released the full details of the trade.
Trade compensation update on Cordy Glenn deal, as @PSchrags said.
Bengals get OT Cordy Glenn and Bills first-round pick (No. 21).
Bills get Bengals’ No. 12 overall selection.
Bengals also get Bills’ fifth-round pick and Bills get Bengals’ sixth-round pick.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 12, 2018
Glenn has been a starter for the Bills since he was drafted by the organization in 2012. He missed significant time the past two seasons from different injuries and trading him away will save the Bills some cap room.
That biggest part of the trade is not Glenn, but the draft picks. The Bills are now in control of the no.12 and no.22 overall picks in the draft. The combined value of the two picks means that the Bills have the possibility of trading as high as the 4th overall pick. Trading into the top five means that they can try and get themselves a quarterback. Getting a decent quarterback could help their chances of returning to the playoffs.
The Bills may be getting closer to drafting a quarterback, but it seems unlikely that the Bills would trade away their pick at no.4. The Bills may have to sweeten the pot a little more to tempt either the New York Giants or the Indianapolis Colts, who own the no.2 and no. 3 picks respectively, of trading away their pick.