Bengals bolster O-line in trade with Bills, move back in draft

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According to, the Bengals have pulled off a trade with the Bills that will send left tackle Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati. Cincy also received Buffalo's fifth-round pick in exchange for the Bengals' sixth-round selection.

They took a pair of tackles in the 2015 NFL Draft (first-rounder Cedric Ogbuehi and second-rounder Jake Fisher), but neither of them were able to replace departed free agent Andrew Whitworth past year. He only played in eleven games these season while rookie Dion Dawkins saw playing time in 16 games. The Bills had been looking to unload Glenn and the Bengals were in desperate need of an upgrade at the offensive tackle position. Dalton was sacked a total of 39 times past year, which was tied for the sixth-highest total of any quarterback in the NFL.

Reportedly, the Bengals will assume all of Glenn's current contract. After being selected by the Bills in the second of the 2012 NFL Draft, Glenn started 61 of 64 games for Buffalo over the next four seasons. Following Monday's move - another blockbuster by Bills GM Brandon Beane - it's clear that they must have liked what they heard from at least one of those players.

The Bengals are getting an arguably top 15 or top 10 tackle in the league, when healthy.

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. More important to them is dumping Glenn's salary, who has a base salary of $9.25 million in 2018 with a $2 million roster bonus on top of that.

Glenn dealt with injuries in 2017 and because of that he was not able to be that consistent left tackle a team looks for when trying to get a franchise quarterback under center.