Buffalo Bills left tackle Cordy Glenn has received the franchise tag, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer. Glenn is one of the best left tackles in the league and came off a disappointing 2014 campaign to dominate throughout the 2015 season.
He was one of the top run-blocking tackles in the league and held his own in the passing game. Per Pro Football Focus, Glenn allowed only four combined sacks and quarterback hits this season, third-fewest in the league, and received the 10th-best overall grade at his position.
Glenn, 26, is a young player at a premium position in the league, so the Bills could not afford to let him hit free agency where any number of teams could have priced the Bills out of the market. Even though the franchise tag for tackles is $13.71 million in 2016, it's worth it for the Bills to protect the quarterback.
Tyrod Taylor earned the starting role and looked good at quarterback last season, but losing his left tackle going into his second year as a starter would be huge. Glenn, a second-round pick in 2012, had a rough season in 2014 after he had his kidney removed during the offseason. He desperately needed a solid 2015 to regain his standing and he delivered that, helping pave the way for the league's No. 1 rushing attack.
On the open market, Glenn would likely be worth well over $10 million per season. Applying the tag gives the Bills some breathing room in negotiations without worrying about losing their star left tackle.