Just days after assembling a defense oriented draft class in Chicago, the Bills were back to work addressing the other side of the ball, in particular LT Cordy Glenn. Glenn was franchise tagged by the team back in early March, an offer which he signed in the hopes of completing a long-term deal by the July 15 deadline. On Tuesday that goal became a reality as Buffalo assured the tackle would be staying in Western New York for at least five more years on a $65 million deal.
News of the deal first broke via the SportsTrust Advisors, whom Glenn is represented by.
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The yearly numbers of the deal continue to be sorted out, but according to Ian Rappaport of ESPN, Glenn is guaranteed $26.5 million, which is the second highest, ever for an offensive tackle. Also, Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News reported that in actuality the deal is worth $60 million with $5 million in incentives that could be added later. The contract expires after the 2020 season. Marcell Dareus is the only other Bill, currently signed through that year.
Had the two sides failed to work out a deal before July 15, Glenn would have had to play the 2016 season on the one-year $13.7 million franchise tag offer, then could have become a free agent in 2017. Since first applying the franchise tag a few months ago, GM Doug Whaley and company have emphasized the importance of locking Glenn up long-term.
Since being drafted by Buffalo in the second round of the 2012 draft, Glenn has missed just three games, making 61 starts. This past season he was an integral part of helping the Bills lead the league in rushing.