The Buffalo Bills released 29-year-old guard Quinton Spain on Wednesday. This came as a slight surprise after Spain enjoyed a strong 2019 campaign, but should the Eagles take a look?
Spain signed with the Bills as a free agent last year following a four-year stint with the Titans after joining them as a UDFA. It didn’t take long for him to become a starter in Tennessee and it’s a post he held down for most of his stay, most notably helping Derrik Henry break out in 2018. After being benched for a week, he returned against the Jets and helped Henry carve them up for that iconic 238-yard rushing performance.
At 6’4, 330 lbs, Spain joined the Bills in 2019 and was one of only three guards who didn’t allow a single snap, according to Pro Football Focus. His 29 total pressures given up ranked 15th-fewest among all guards. He’s actually given up just one sack in the last three years.
One year later, Spain started two games for the Bills, still not allowing a sack, bu garnering a PFF grade of only 60. He most recently missed back-to-back games with a foot injury.
It begs the question why Buffalo would release him so shortly after signing a three-year contract extension worth $15M. The Bills do have a very deep offensive line group and trimming his contract may help them become aggressors at the deadline.
Should the Eagles be interested? Absolutely. While Spain is a left guard, he can’t possibly fair any worse than Jamon Brown, and they could always move Nate Herbig to the right if they were really worried about that.
Spain won’t be on the market for long and Howie Roseman did just clear $5m in cap space. Do the thing.
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