The Bills gave Cordy Glenn a five-year, $65 million contract extension, making him the second-highest paid offensive tackle in history.
It was justifiable for a team committed to keeping its best players. But it’s a lot for a guy who has never made the Pro Bowl or the playoffs, manning left tackle for a team that hasn’t finished above 18th in passing in his four seasons.
How will Glenn’s deal affect Buffalo’s ability to sign quarterback Tyrod Taylor and cornerback Stephon Gilmore? Both can become free agents after this season, commanding average salaries in the eight-figure range.
The Bills can’t afford to extend both Taylor and Gilmore now, and they can’t franchise both next season. They’d like to extend Gilmore, who will make $11 million this year. But he’d rather wait, knowing he can test the waters next summer if the Bills are forced to tag Taylor.
If Taylor and Gilmore have big years and make the playoffs, their combined salaries could approach $35 million. The Bills could find a way to pay both in 2017, but they’d be cap-strapped again – maybe after actually winning something.