Angling for QB, Bills make trade to move up in draft

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BUFFALO, N.Y. >> The Buffalo Bills put them­selves in a bet­ter po­si­tion to fill a big need at quar­ter­back in the draft. The Cincin­nati Ben­gals added much-needed pro­tec­tion for their own quar­ter­back, Andy Dal­ton.

The Bills moved up nine spots in the draft by swap­ping first-round picks with the Ben­gals, who also ac­quired high-priced left tackle Cordy Glenn in a trade Mon­day, a per­son fa­mil­iar with the deal told the As­so­ci­ated Press.

Teams are not al­lowed to an­nounce trades un­til the NFL’s new busi­ness year opens Wed­nes­day. Buffalo moved up to the No. 12 spot in the draft, trad­ing the first of its two open­ing-round se­lec­tions, 21st over­all. The Bills also have the No. 22 pick.

Buffalo also traded its >> Chiefs and Dol­phins cut de­fen­sive stars.

fifth-round pick for the Ben­gals’ sixth-round se­lec­tion as part of the Bills’ se­cond ma­jor trade in three days. On Fri­day, Buffalo traded start­ing quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor to Cleve­land for a third-round pick.

The moves helped place the Bills in a po­si­tion to use one of their first-round picks to draft a quar­ter­back. The Bills have the as­sets to move up even higher in the draft or­der by hav­ing two picks in each of the first three rounds.

Gen­eral man­ager Bran­don Beane has said he in­tends to land a fran­chise quar­ter­back through ei­ther the draft, a trade or free agency.

Beane has paid close at­ten­tion to what is con­sid­ered a top-heavy draft class of quar­ter­backs that in­cludes USC’s Sam Darnold, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, Wy­oming’s Josh Allen and Ok­la­homa’s Baker May­field. Beane has said he planned to meet with all the draft-el­i­gi­ble quar­ter­back prospects.

Glenn has three years left on a $65 mil­lion con­tract he signed in 2016, and is due to make a $9.25 mil­lion base salary this sea­son.

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