1 - Beane calls Cordy Glenn trade a win-winOn the first day of the 2018 NFL free agency period, the Buffalo Bills traded left tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals. In return, the two teams swapped first-round picks and late-round picks, resulting in the Bills moving up to No. 12 and No. 158.
After the deal, Buffalo now has nine picks in this year's draft. Six of which are top-100 selections.
"Well, I never have enough assets," said Bills general manager Brandon Beane. "Listen, it was a win-win. Dion [Dawkins] played well for us last year."
Dawkins' play at left tackle in 2017 undoubtedly made Glenn more expendable. He played 74-percent of the team's offensive snaps and held down the left side of the line impeccably.
On the flip side, Glenn played in the remaining 26-percent of offensive snaps at LT. He has the skill set to be one of the league's best lineman, but missing about three-quarters of the season was an area of concern.
"Cordy had an unfortunate year, and that was Sean and I's limited exposure to him; I'd seen him on tape, obviously, and he's a good player," said Beane. "Cincinnati let [Andrew] Whitworth go, I mean, they didn't mean to, but he got payed in L.A. and I think they felt that they needed to strengthen up their left tackle spot and so we started conversations, and it worked out.
"We figured out the value, I set the value of: it's going to take this to get him. We worked it out and they accepted it."
2 - Which newest Bill literally couldn't wait to come to Buffalo?The Buffalo Bills bolstered their defensive line with the addition of Trent Murphy. Bringing in a proven pass rusher is exciting, but Murphy may be the most ecstatic about the move.
"I drove in last night at 1:30 [a.m.]," said Murphy at his press conference late last week. "I took the drive up here because I couldn't wait and drove through the snow and that's about all I could see. I'm pumped."
Murphy could've easily boarded a plane from Columbus, Ohio, but his excitement found him in the driver's seat of his car traveling to Buffalo.
Murphy has spent a majority of his life on the West Coast, as he was born in Arizona and went to college in California [Stanford]. So, why has the team's newest defensive end been in Ohio?
"I just found an old school gym there that is kind of salt of the earth," said Murphy. "I knew it was kind of what I needed right now, so that is where I went."
The gym that Murphy is referring to is Westside Barbell. It's a private "Invitation Only" elite training facility in Columbus. The gym's owned by special strengths expert Louie Simmons.
Murphy mentioned that he's been training at Westside Barbell for about 10 to 11 weeks now.
"I grew up reading about this gym when I was a kid to be honest. Had an invitation to go and train there and knew it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," he said. "It could add a gear that I have never even had before on the field. I was very excited.
3 - Brian Billick on drafting a QB: Some interesting choices at No. 12A little less than a week ago, the Buffalo Bills owned back-to-back picks in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. After some magic from the Bills front office, they now possess picks No. 12 and 22.
It's possible that those picks could be used to snag a quarterback in this year's draft. Former Baltimore Ravens head coach and current NFL Network analyst, Brian Billick, joined Howard Simon on WGR 550 to discuss some of the top signal-callers who will be available in April.
"A lot of people I respect and trust feel [Sam] Darnold is the lead guy out of SC [Southern California]," said Billick. "I've began to look at him, as I have the others. It seems to be him, then you go to that next level. It's an interesting pick at 12."
It's unlikely that Darnold will be there outside the top-10, but that doesn't mean the Bills couldn't trade up for him. But if Buffalo opts to stay put at No. 12 and 22, there's still a ton of intriguing options.
"Most of these quarterbacks, including Darnold at this point, we're going to pick them apart until April, and they all seem to have qualifiers," said Billick. "Whether it's the kid [Josh] Allen at Wyoming, because coming out of a small school. But let's remember, Carson Wentz came out of a small school. Huge physical abilities, probably needs the most maturing physically.
"Josh Rosen is a brilliant athlete at quarterback at UCLA. Then you have some interesting picks, obviously the kid from Louisville, Lamar Jackson. Baker Mayfield is someone that everybody is intrigued by. So, there's going to be some interesting choices at number 12 and even at number 22."
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