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Yes, the Buffalo Bills can afford to franchise tag Cordy Glenn

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The idea of the Buffalo Bills using the franchise tag on Cordy Glenn is not an ideal one, given their salary cap situation, but the team absolutely can find a way to use the tag on him if necessary.

If you follow the Buffalo Bills and the NFL predominantly through Twitter, then you may have been alarmed by a couple of tweets sent out by Albert Breer of NFL Network on Tuesday morning. He's talking about franchise tags in the AFC East this morning, and naturally, Cordy Glenn and the Bills came up.

We know that the Bills are tight up against even the higher-than-projected 2016 salary cap, but let's more closely examine Breer's logic on this issue:

It takes only a cursory look at the rest of the Bills' roster to note that there are upwards of nine more moves the Bills could make to free up salary cap space before the 2016 league year begins if they need it for a franchise tag. This is not even remotely a one-for-one proposition.

Long story short: the Bills would prefer to lock up Glenn long-term from a salary cap standpoint, because it will allow them to lower his 2016 salary cap figure to, in all likelihood, less than half of what it would be on the franchise tag. If they can't do that before the franchise tag deadline, however, they'll have multiple options at their disposal to free up the cap space to tag Glenn - which they absolutely should (and hopefully will) do to prevent Glenn from hitting the open market, and potentially leaving without compensation coming back to the team. Then, if they do tag Glenn, they can still try to negotiate a long-term deal after the fact that would lower his 2016 cap hit, anyway.

Breer did follow up later in the morning with this acknowledgement: