The Buffalo Bills announced the release of offensive lineman Quinton Spain on Wednesday afternoon.
The move comes as somewhat of a surprise for a team that has struggled to run the football and also lost starting left guard Cody Ford to a knee injury. On Monday, head coach Sean McDermott called Ford "week to week."
Right guard John Feliciano, however, is eligible to be activated from Injured Reserve. Feliciano injured his pectoral muscle prior to training camp and has been on I.R. the entire season. He began practicing on Oct. 7, which means the team has until Oct. 27 to activate him to the 53-man roster. It’s possible they could do that prior to Sunday’s game against the New York Jets.
Spain had started all 16 games for the club last year and the first two games of this season. He was replaced by Ford in Week 3 in the starting lineup. Then, prior to Week 5’s game against the Tennessee Titans, where Spain started his career and played four years, he informed the Bills of foot soreness and was immediately placed on the injury report and scratched from the lineup. He was also inactive this past Monday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs.
After Ford was injured during the game, Ike Boettger came in to replace him at left guard. Brian Winters is the team's starting right guard. Feliciano‘s situation and Ford's injury will most likely dictate how they proceed at the position going forward.
Spain was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this past offseason after signing a one-year deal with the club prior to 2019. But the Bills inked him to a three-year, $15 million contract keeping him in the fold.
According to Spotrac.com, they’ll still be responsible for the remainder of his base salary this season, as well as over $4 million in dead cap space, but the move will save $4 million in 2021 (costing $1 million in dead cap) and another $5.25 million in 2022 they were scheduled to have count against the salary cap.
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