One of the cornerstones of the Bills present and future has been locked up long term. Left tackle Cordy Glenn has agreed to terms Monday on a multi-year contract extension with the club.
Set to turn 27 in September, Glenn was designated Buffalo's franchise player earlier this offseason, and soon after the offensive tackle signed his franchise tender locking him in for the 2016 season. But both he and the Bills had the opportunity to pursue a long term contract extension with a deadline of July 15th.
The agreement locks up Buffalo's blind side protector for quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Glenn, a former second-round pick of the Bills in 2012, has not missed a start since the middle of his rookie season, making all 16 starts at left tackle in each of the last three years (2013-2015). In 2015 Glenn was one of the anchors up front who helped the club rank as the top rushing offense in the NFL.
GM Doug Whaley in an appearance on Bills flagship station WGR Sportsradio 550 Monday morning effectively laid out what the front office plans were regarding a contract extension for Glenn, Stephon Gilmore and Tyrod Taylor, who are all entering the final year of their current contracts.
"We're going to try to work as diligently as possible to get all three of those guys (extended)," said Whaley. "This is where we want to get to. Have good players on our team and then keep them instead of going out into free agency. We'd like to use free agency for the value guys. So when you have potential stars that we've drafted or acquired and they're on our roster now, why not throw the money at those guys?"
Gilmore is entering the final year of his rookie contract after the Bills picked up his fifth-year option last May. Taylor is entering the final year of a free agent contract he signed with Buffalo last offseason after playing time incentives voided year three of the deal.