Buffalo Bills release veteran blocker Quinton Spain

Geoff Magliocchetti
Nov 24, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a Buffalo Bills helmet on the field prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Spain, 29, was granted a three-year extension by the Buffalo Bills in March after playing every offensive down last season.

The Buffalo Bills announced on Wednesday that offensive lineman Quinton Spain has been released. Spain, 29, spent the past two seasons in Western New York and previously inked a two-year contract extension during the offseason.

The timing of Spain’s release seems a bit questionable, as Cody Ford suffered an injury in Monday’s loss to Kansas City and Jon Feliciano remains out indefinitely after undergoing offseason surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. However, it’s possible the move could’ve been initiated by Spain himself. In a tweet posted shortly before Buffalo announced his departure, Spain posted a photo of his Audemars Piguet watch declaring it was “time for a change”. Spain did thank Bills fans and the organization for the time he spent there.

Spain joined the Bills (4-2) on a one-year deal last season after four years with the Tennesee Titans. He became one of the most consistent presciences on Buffalo’s offensive line, partaking in every offensive snap in a 10-6 campaign. In that time, he was charged with allowing only a single sack. The aforementioned extension was granted in March and was worth $15 million over three seasons.

Known as an interior blocking prescience, Spain likely won’t have to wait long to find a new home. As for the line he leaves behind, the Bills may continue to roll with former Jets starter Brian Winters at guard. It’s also possible Feliciano could be close to returning. He was originally scheduled to come off of injured reserve after Week 4, but this turned out not to be the case.

According to Over The Cap, Spain’s release puts $3.5 million in dead money on the Buffalo books but saves them $1.25 million in 2020 cap space, putting them just over $6 million in the latter.

The Bills return to action on Sunday afternoon, as they hit the road to battle the New York Jets (1 p.m. ET, CBS).

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