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


A person familiar with the deal has told The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills have moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round picks with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also acquired high-priced left tackle Cordy Glenn as part of the trade.

The Bill had put themselves in the position to make a move with back-to-back first-round draft picks at the 21st and 22nd overall selections.

It isn't clear how much the Colts would be able to get for the No. 3 overall pick from the Bills but it would nearly certainly include the No. 12 and No. 22 overall picks as the Bills own both.

The Bills also have the No. 22 pick, acquired past year from the Chiefs when Kansas City traded up to select Patrick Mahomes.

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Buffalo also will drop 29 spots on day three of the draft. The team has struggled to find a solution at left tackle since Pro Bowler Andrew Whitworth departed in free agency last offseason.

The Bills, already the league leader in dead cap money thanks to Marcel Dareus, take a $9.6 million dead cap hit.

Glenn is a former second-round pick and has started 77 career games with the Bills. The Bengals will also have Glenn under contract for non-guaranteed base salaries of $7.25 million (2018) and $7.5 million (2019), as well as $2 million roster bonuses each season. Buffalo placed Glenn on injured reserve in Week 15. But he was slowed by foot and ankle injuries and limited to five games last season. Cincinnati is sending the #12 overall pick to Bills.

Glenn is entering the third season of a five-year, $65 million contract he signed in May 2016. Offensive line play was a major problem for the Bengals and the addition of Glenn takes care of left tackle.