Three days after receiving the franchise tag from the Bills, offensive tackle Cordy Glenn has officially signed his tender, guaranteeing himself a 2016 salary worth $13.706MM. Glenn’s agency, SportsTrust Advisors, broke the news (via Twitter).
The 26-year-old Glenn has been a quiet stalwart in Buffalo the past few seasons and has started 61 games since being selected in the second round in 2012. Glenn rated as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 10 overall tackle and fifth-best left-edge protector last season, and had been considered one of the top priorities for the Bills heading into free agency, along with fellow offensive lineman Richie Incognito.
Having been one of the NFL’s most cap-strapped teams heading into this offseason, the Bills have had to make several other roster moves to help accommodate the franchise tag for Glenn and additional offseason business. So far this week, the club has restructured Corey Graham‘s contract, and cut several veteran players, including Mario Williams, Kraig Urbik, Leodis McKelvin, and Anthony Dixon.
The Bills can still reduce Glenn’s cap hit for 2016 by working out a longer-term extension for him, though that’s unlikely to happen until closer to the July 15th deadline, if it happens at all. As Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News observes (via Twitter) most Pat Dye clients who receive tags do sign extensions before that deadline.
Glenn is the third franchised player to sign his tender, officially taking himself off the market, following Kirk Cousins putting pen to paper with Washington and Justin Tucker doing so with the Ravens. Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson is expected to follow suit very soon.
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