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  • October 12, 2018 5:13 AM +04

    Just three days after trading away quarterback Tyrod Taylor to the Cleveland Browns Womens Connor Hellebuyck Jersey , the Buffalo Bills front office got busy again. On Monday afternoon, they traded star offensive tackle Cordy Glenn to the Cincinnati Bengals, which included swapping of draft picks.Peter Schrager of Fox Sports announced the trade and shared the details:Compensation for Cordy Glenn trade:Bills and Bengals swap 1st Round picks. Bills go to 12. Bengals go to 21. Teams also swap 5th and 6th round picks. @nflnetwork @NFL @gmfb— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) March 12, 2018This is a major trade that could be huge for both sides, as Glenn beefs up a leaky Bengals' offensive line. For the Bills, they move up significantly in the draft and have a chance to draft one of the top quarterback prospects. Buffalo also owns the 22nd pick, courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs - who traded up to select quarterback Patrick Mahomes last year.Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Baker Mayfield and Josh Allen are the three most highly-touted quarterback prospects in this year's draft. There's a good chance the Bills look to trade up and select one of those, and the Indianapolis Colts (who pick at three), look like an ideal trade candidate. With Andrew Luck locked in as their franchise quarterback, Indy certainly won't be drafting another signal-caller.As for the Bengals, adding Glenn certainly helps an offensive line that ranked 20th in pass-blocking efficiency last season, per Pro Football Focus. The Bengals also finished 2017 with the second-worst rushing offense, picking up just 85.4 yards on the ground per game. Without a doubt, Glenn makes this o-line that much better.The Bengals were also linked to New England Patriots free agent offensive tackle Nate Solder Donte Jackson Color Rush Jersey , one of the best linemen in the league. But the acquisition of Glenn takes them completely off the market now.It'll be interesting to see how both teams head into free agency now. Should the Bills decide to draft a quarterback, it certainly takes them out of the running for the likes of Case Keenum and Sam Bradford, amont other quarterbacks.As for the Bengals, the weak link of their offense has been addressed. They can now use free agency and the draft to focus on other holes. While new Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper would like the focus to be on his plans for the team’s future, he cannot completely put the franchise’s sullied past behind him.

     

    Tepper has to keep the prominent statue of Panthers’ founder Jerry Richardson outside of the stadium as part of the NFL-record $2.2 billion deal he agreed to in June after Richardson decided to sell the team in December amid reports of sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.

    Tepper said Tuesday when he was introduced as the team’s new owner that he’s ”contractually obligated” to keep the 13-foot high statue of Richardson standing alongside two growling panthers where it is.

    The league substantiated the allegations against Richardson following a six-month investigation and fined him $2.75 million.

    Fans have expressed their desire on social media and sports talk shows to remove the statue, which was built in 2016.

    And while Tepper said contractually he can’t do that, he spoke repeatedly about changing the environment of the Panthers workplace.

    Tepper said there will be ”no impediment” in employees feeling comfortable coming forward if they if they have any problems on the business side of the organization.

    He wants to create an environment where ”everybody feels safe like a family.”

    Sports Illustrated reported in December, citing unnamed sources, that Richardson made sexually suggestive comments to women and on at least one occasion directed a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout. The report states that he reached settlements that included non-disclosure requirements forbidding the parties from discussing the details.

    ”Listen, whatever was, was. This is now,” Tepper said. ”This is going to be an open place. So there are not going to be non-disclosure agreements, no matter what, in this new place. That was then, this is now.”

    The Panthers are only tied to Charlotte through June 2019 in terms of a stadium agreement, but Tepper reiterated the city is ”the most logical place” to keep the team Youth Washington Redskins Jerseys , although adding that a ”redo” is necessary.

    The Panthers and the city of Charlotte came to an agreement on improvements for the team’s stadium in 2013, calling for the city to contribute about $87 million for renovations to Bank of America Stadium in exchange for a six-year hard tether to keep the NFL franchise in Charlotte.

    Tepper’s focus right now is on new practice facilities.

    He said the Panthers are ”falling behind a little bit” other teams in the league.

    He is considering moving the team’s practice facilities to South Carolina, in part to keep both states interested in the team. The Panthers currently practice on three fields within walking distance to their downtown stadium. Tepper said that valuable land could be used for developmental purposes.

    Tepper, who grew up playing football, also said he wants more events at the team’s stadium, including high school state championship football games and the ”right kind of concerts.”

    He is excited about the football side of the team, praising two-time AP Coach of the Year Ron Rivera and his hiring of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner to replace Mike Shula.

    ”I’m not looking to do too much there,” Tepper said of the coaching side.

    However, Tepper plans to hire a new team president to replace Danny Morrison, who left last year, and former COO Tina Becker, who resigned on Monday after seven months in the position. He said he has two replacement candidates in mind, both with some marketing background.

    He also likes the makeup of the team’s roster with training camp right around the corner, citing how involved players are in the community and charity work.

    He cited Spider-Man, saying that ”with great power comes great responsibility.”