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