It’s always a problem when a star player suffers an injury, but it’s even worse when that injury lingers for more than a year. The Buffalo Bills are dealing with such an issue right now, and they’re hoping that their franchise tackle will be back to 100% for the start of the season.
Name: Cordy Glenn
Height/Weight: 6’6”, 345 lbs.
Draft: Round 2, Pick 41 by the Buffalo Bills (2012)
Financial Situation (per Spotrac): Glenn is entering the second year of the five-year deal he signed after receiving the franchise tag from the Bills last offseason. His cap hit for the next two seasons is a little above $14 million before dropping to the $12-13 million range over the final two years of the deal.
2016 Recap: Glenn missed most of the offseason work last year due to the ankle injury, and only managed to play nine games start-to-finish, but he played well when he was on the field. In his limited work, Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 82.8, ranking him 21st among all tackles (again, with a limited sample size).
Positional Outlook: With the departure of Cyrus Kouandjio this offseason, the Bills are lacking proven depth at the left tackle spot on the roster. Rookie Dion Dawkins has been filling the role during minicamps, but he figures to be in contention for the starting right tackle spot. The loser of the battle between him and Jordan Mills will probably be the primary backup on both sides, barring a late free agent signing.
2017 Offseason: Glenn has spent the offseason continuing to rehab the ankle injury that kept him out of five games (and most of two others) last year. He hasn’t participated in any minicamp work, but should be ready to go for training camp later this week.
2017 Season Outlook: Glenn is a talented offensive tackle who makes any offense he plays in better than most tackles in the league. That said, the lingering ankle injury and the lack of proven depth at the left tackle spot are causes for serious concern. Glenn started every game for three straight seasons before last year; we should be hoping that he can make it four of five in 2017.