The Buffalo Bills felt as if they had most of their offensive line set up perfectly at the beginning of the 2017 NFL season. They had a strong interior line to go with a franchise left tackle in Cordy Glenn. The (at the time) 27-year old former second-round choice out of Georgia was coming off of an injury-plagued 2016, but the team thought that Glenn’s foot and ankle issues were behind him.
Of course, the reality was not as picture-perfect, and Glenn found himself placed on injured reserve on December 15. He played in six games over two different stretches of the season before succumbing to his injuries again.
While he has since been traded to the Cincinnati Bengals, Glenn’s 2017 merits the dubious title of worst salary cap value for the 2017 Buffalo Bills.
2017 Cap Hit (per Spotrac): $14.2 million (9.16% of 2017 Cap)
2017 Cap Hit Rank by Position: 2nd among all tackles
2017 Vital Stats: 6 games, 5 starts (26.14% of offensive snaps), 0 penalties, 2 sacks allowed
In five of Glenn’s six games, he was able to start and play nearly all of the snaps at left tackle. In the Bills’ Week 5 loss to the Bengals, Glenn only logged 4 special teams snaps while rookie Dion Dawkins manned the left tackle position. When he played, Glenn was himself, looking every bit the franchise-left tackle that Buffalo signed him to be.
The problem is that Glenn was unable to take advantage of his most important ability—his availability—often enough in 2017. While it may be unfair to knock a player for trying to play through an injury, the fact remains that nearly ten percent of Buffalo’s salary cap went to a player who was sidelined and then adequately replaced by a rookie making a pittance of his salary.
I wish Glenn nothing but the best as he moves on to the Bengals, and I sincerely hope that the injury issues that plagued him for the last year and a half of his Buffalo career are in the rear view mirror. His 2017 performance, however, goes down as the Bills’ worst salary cap value of the year.
Buffalo Bills worst salary cap values, 2017
9. DE Jerry Hughes (article)
8. TE Charles Clay (article)
7. WR Jordan Matthews (article)
6. CB Shareece Wright (article)
5. FB Patrick DiMarco (article)
4. DE Shaq Lawson (article)
3. OL Ryan Groy (article)
2. DL Marcell Dareus (article)
1. OL Cordy Glenn
If you didn’t see our list on the best salary cap values from 2017, it’s right here topped by Tre’Davious White.