In our draft grade piece for the Buffalo Bills I mentioned that with Cordy Glenn playing on the franchise tag Buffalo were playing a risky game by not drafting an other tackle. It turns out they had a plan all along. Last night the Bills gave Cordy Glenn a 5 year, $65 million extension that will keep the big left tackle in northern New York for the foreseeable future. Glenn, 26, was drafted in the second round in 2012 and was set to play earn $13.7 million this season if he played on the franchise tag. His work last season was one of the major reasons the Bills offense worked so well both on the ground and in the air and he locked down Tyrod Taylor’s blind side and blasted open holes for LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams. Under his new contract Glenn will make $19 million in 2016 and $30 million overall in his first 2 years. The structure of his deal – with just $36 million guaranteed – will give the Bills some outs along the way should Glenn’s level of decline or injuries hamper him. But at just 26 the Bills realistically have locked up a quality player at a premium position for the peak years of his career. The extension for Glenn, plus the deal they handed Richie Incognito in March, means that the Bills will return the left side of their line that was so impressive last season, and will doubtless cause opposing defenses fits in 2016.
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