Buffalo Bills: Analyzing the Cordy Glenn trade from multiple angles

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The Buffalo Bills made yet another deal, this time sending Cordy Glenn to Cincinnati. There are huge draft day implications, so let’s examine them further.

Welcome to the new NFL! Teams are trading like it’s a Madden franchise.

Let’s take a better look at the move that sent Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Trade Details

Bills Trade: Cordy Glenn, No. 21 overall and No. 158 overall picks

Bengals Trade: No. 12 overall and No. 187 overall  picks

Bengals Perspective

The Bengals are a bit of a mystery. Their roster is littered with talented players, but they always seem to get in their own way.

This offseason, it was clear that they needed to find help along the offensive line. The No. 12 overall pick looked destined to be a lineman. This trade allows the Bengals to pick up a talented player in Glenn and keep a first-round pick. They also move up later in the draft which helps a little.

They must see Glenn as a solution to their offensive struggles. If he stays healthy, he will be a huge upgrade in the run and pass game.

Bills Perspective

Brandon Beane does it again. This guy must be one of the best draft board manipulators in the sport today. He has gathered an extra first, second, and third-round pick this draft without losing significant players or picks. Do you know how hard that is?

The Bills ship Cordy Glenn to the Bengals as they continue to position themselves for the big move. The same Cordy Glenn that has missed 17 games over the last two seasons. On top of that, he has had foot issues, which for a big man should be a major cause of concern.

The Bills are the clear winner in this deal. They are moving up the draft board much like the Eagles did in 2016, by making a series of deals that combined players and picks. They went on to draft Carson Wentz second overall and win the Super Bowl in 2018.

Does this mean Super Bowl for the Bills in 2020 if they get their guy? If you believe in history repeating itself, then yes. Crown ‘em!

What this means going forward?

Imagine that you have a top five pick in the draft. You love your draft position because you know you are going to get a talented player.

No team in the position wants to fall back 15 spots to No. 21 and No. 22 overall. Moving to No. 12 overall makes the trade more appealing for those teams.

The drop will obviously not be as far, and the caliber of player is still going to be great. This move does wonders for the Bills’ chances of getting one of those top five picks.

The goal is clearly to grab one of the top QBs in the draft. The Bills will sign a veteran in free agency (Sam Bradford/Teddy Bridgewater) and give a rookie time to grow. This team clearly has a plan and is executing it to perfection.

There are more trades to come. Bet on that.

Trading the No. 12, No. 22 and No. 65 overall picks may get the Bills up to the third overall pick. Getting a quarterback is the number one priority and it looks like they are all in for one guy in the class.

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