Big news came out of Buffalo on Wednesday morning, as the team announced that they released guard Quinton Spain. The Bills have been without Spain for the last two games as he was dealing with a foot injury.
It seems like Spain knew it was time for a change as well, as he posted this on his Twitter page:
Supposedly Spain posted another tweet that he quickly deleted, stating that if fans "knew the reason" for his release, with the reactive "if you only knew" expression on the tweet. Nonetheless, a quality guard is now available for all teams to sign.
There is a certain team that just recently lost their starting left guard, Spain's natural position, to a season ending injury. Yes, I'm talking about the Chicago Bears.
The Bears lost starting guard James Daniels to a season-ending injury during their Week 5 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Now, the team is using a combination of former Notre Dame lineman Alex Bars and converted defensive lineman Rashaad Coward. Let's just say the combo is not getting the job done for the Bears.
If there is any hope for this offense that is now led by Nick Foles to get going, they'll need the offensive line to be immaculate down the stretch. The interior line will have its largest test yet when they match up against on Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams’ defense. If Donald exploits the Bars/Coward combo at left guard, it'll be an ugly Monday Night Football game for the Bears.
Spain has started at least 13 games in every season since 2015, and he started all 16 games for the Bills in 2019. In 2020, Spain had only started two games and played in four before the injury.
Spain would be an instant upgrade for the Bears at left guard, especially knowing that Daniels is done for the season. Spain is perfect for the Bears. He has established himself as a quality starting guard in the NFL while also committing very few penalties, as he only logged two penalties in all of 2019 for a very good Buffalo Bills team.
If the Bears are smart, they would sign the former Bills’ guard to a contract for one season. If the Bears are really smart, they would ink Spain for two years and allow Germaine Ifedi to walk after the season with the intention of Spain taking over as their right guard. With Charles Leno and Bobby Massie playing well enough on the outside, the Bears' interior line would be set with Daniels and Spain at the guard spots and Cody Whitehair in the middle.
The ball is in your court now, Ryan Pace. This move would make a ton of sense, so now its time to make it happen and better the offense, which is the only personnel group that could hold the 2020 Bears back from a major playoff run.