After attempting to trade offensive tackle Cordy Glenn, the Cincinnati Bengals have decided to part ways with number 77.
The move comes after the organization and Glenn had a dispute during the 2019 campaign. Team doctors cleared the 30-year-old tackle after he suffered a concussion in the pre-season, but he did not take the field until late in the year, as he felt he was not healthy enough to play yet. This seemingly caused frustration to boil over between the two parties, resulting in fines and suspensions for Glenn.
The team tried to shop Glenn and salvage something in return for the disgruntled offensive lineman. Unfortunately, there were no suitors willing to relinquish draft capital in return for his services.
The Bengals acquired Glenn in a deal with the Bills in 2018, trading back from the 12th overall pick to selection 21 to do so. Now, just a short time later, the team has cut ties.
The move comes just three days before the beginning of the legal tampering period of free agency and five days before the market opens, indicating they may be clearing cap space to be active. This transaction will get $9.5 million off the books with zero dead money.
Using Over The Cap’s salary cap calculator, this would put the Bengals just under $54 million in cap space.
For the time being, the starting 5 along the offensive trenches appears to be Jonah Williams, Michael Jordan, Trey Hopkins, John Miller, and Bobby Hart, although the impending draft and free agency certainly leaves room for upgrades along the way.
There’s no way to know for sure what position the newfound money will be allocated to, but the action so close to the deadline is encouraging for fans who have been eager to see the front office take more aggressive action.
Moving forward, keep an eye out for more moves in the coming days. With plenty of cap casualty candidates and the impending future of Andy Dalton, the Bengal’s transactions in the near future will continue to shed light on their plans for the off-season.