Buffalo Bills GM Doug Whaley has already stated the importance of re-signing Cordy Glenn. Quality offensive tackles are hard to find and Glenn is coming off of the best season of his career. At 26 years old, Glenn is just entering his prime and the Bills hope to lock him up long-term.
On Friday, the Bills may have been given an idea of how much it'll cost to re-sign Glenn. The Philadelphia Eagles locked up Lane Johnson to a six-year deal that is worth $63 million with $35.5 million in guarantees.
Johnson, the fourth overall pick of the 2013 draft, has started in 44 games over his three seasons with the Eagles. The majority of his playing time has come at right tackle but Johnson did add a few starts at left tackle when Jason Peters was out with injury.
Johnson is expected to start at right tackle in 2016 but he'll eventually replace Peters on the left side. The contract that Johnson signed with the Eagles is probably a good idea of what Buffalo should offer Glenn.
The only thing working against Buffalo is the fact that Glenn can hit the open market. Johnson was under contract with the Eagles through 2016 so no other team could make an offer to him. If Glenn hits the open market, another team could offer him big money and outbid Buffalo for his services. For that reason, the Bills will have to be proactive in re-signing Glenn before he gets the chance to hear from other teams in free agency.