NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting that if the Buffalo Bills and left tackle Cordy Glenn can't come to a long-term agreement by the March 1st deadline, the team will use the franchise tag to keep the young bookend in the fold. Glenn was a second round pick in 2012 and has blossomed into a franchise-caliber play on the left side of the line.
The Bills have until Tuesday to decide to tag Glenn. Despite being very close to the salary cap, they can certainly create enough space in a hurry and in order to tag Glenn. The tag amount for tackles is estimated at $13.7 million, but a long-term deal could still be worked out over the next several months that would lower his 2016 cap figure. (Our projection had him averaging $11 million a season over a five-year contract with a 2016 cap hit of just $6 million.) While they haven't been able to do so recently, they were able to flip a franchise player to a long-term deal with John Fina in the 1990s and several other teams have had success in this manner recently.
Back in 2012, the Bills were thought to be close to tagging Stevie Johnson, but when the deadline came and went it was seen as a sign of good faith with the receiver, who signed a long-term extension a few days later.