Bengals trade for left tackle Glenn

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2017, file photo, Buffalo Bills running back Jonathan Williams (31) follows the block of tackle Cordy Glenn (77) against Detroit Lions defensive tackle Khyri Thornton (99) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y. A person familiar with the deal has told The Associated Press the Bills have moved up nine spots in the draft by swapping first-round draft picks with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also acquired high-priced left tackle Glenn as part of the trade. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The Bengals are in need of a starting left tackle heading into the 2018 season and appear to have found that player in a trade with the Buffalo Bills for veteran Cordy Glenn.

Teams are not allowed to announce trades until the NFL's new business year opens Wednesday.

The teams are also swapping first-round picks with Buffalo getting the No. 12 overall selection and Bengals now getting the No. 21 overall selection, while the Bengals are also getting a fifth-round pick from Buffalo and sending the Bills their sixth-round pick. The Bengals will now have three picks in the fifth round, including a compensatory pick.

The Bills were looking to unload Glenn's salary. He is set to make a $9.25 million base salary in 2018 with a $2 million roster bonus and has two years left after that worth $7.5 million each year in base salary and $2 million in roster bonuses.

The Bengals had roughly $15 million available to sign free agents this offseason, according to team sources, and added a almost $6 million more to that when they released cornerback Adam Jones last Friday.

That means the team will have about $10 million to re-sign any of their own free agents (tight end Tyler Eifert, center Russell Bodine, punter Kevin Huber and even Jones are among the main ones) and/or sign free agents from other teams.

The free agency signing period begins on Wednesday, March 14 at 4 p.m.

Glenn was a second-round pick of the Bills in 2012 and started 77 of 78 games he played for the team since then. He started all five of the six games he played for the team last season and was placed on season-ending injured reserve on Dec. 15. He played only 11 games in 2016 and started all 11.

His grade from the analytics-based website in 2017 was 68.1, which is rated slightly below average.

The deal means that 2015 first-round draft pick Cedric Ogbuehi will have to battle for either the starting right tackle spot with 2015 second-round pick Jake Fisher and for perhaps even a backup role. It also means that Clint Boling, who started the last two games of last season at left tackle out of desperation, but played well, will move back to left guard. That means guards Alex Redmond and Christian Westerman, who played well at left guard in the final two games, will battle with Trey Hopkins for the starting right guard spot.

It's also possible the Bengals still draft a tackle in the first few rounds, but it isn't as pressing of a need as it was.

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