Quinton Spain's one-year deal is now complete, per a source. #Bengals— Tyler Dragon (@TheTylerDragon) March 23, 2021
Spain, now a seventh-year player out of West Virginia University, originally was a college free agent signee of the Tennessee Titans in 2015. He was with the Titans through the 2018 season, starting 48 games and becoming one of the NFL’s most unheralded interior offensive linemen. He then joined the Buffalo Bills in the 2019 offseason on a one-year deal.
Spain re-signed with the Bills on a three-year, $15 million deal last year, but was released in the middle of the season. The Bengals signed Spain for their practice squad a week after his release and elevated him to their active roster just two days later.
No one expected Spain to play the same weekend he arrived in Cincinnati, but sure enough, the 29-year old came in to begin the Bengals’ second drive of their Week 8 matchup against the Tennessee Titans. The coaching staff originally wanted to rotate Spain in and out with Shaq Calhoun at left guard, but Spain’s play convinced them to keep him in for the rest of the game.
Spain went on to start the Bengals’ final eight games, with five of his starts coming at right guard. While he didn’t finish the season on a high note (57.6 offense grade from Weeks 13-17 per Pro Football Focus), Spain never quite settled in one on spot after switching teams in the middle of the year.
It’ll be interesting to see where they have Spain play on his one-year deal. Spain’s been a left guard for his entire career, but the Bengals don’t have a natural right guard currently on their roster. Perhaps that spot gets filled via another free agent signing or the upcoming NFL Draft.
Regardless, Spain is back in Cincinnati, he’s excited about it as well.
@Bengals let’s run it back for another year but this time it will be a full season and you’ll see what I’m about and thanks for giving me another chance to get my name back out there. #WhoDey #ProveItYear https://t.co/fwnmZzyzoM— Mr. Undrafted (@quinton_spain) March 23, 2021