Cincinnati finally moved on from the disgruntled Carlos Dunlap via trade with Seattle, acquiring some much-needed offensive line help in return in the form of B.J. Finney, but the Bengals aren't stopping there.
Spain was abruptly released by the Bills earlier this season, his second campaign with the team, after he'd fallen out of the starting lineup thanks to the insertion of second-year guard Cody Ford on the left side, and veteran addition Brian Winters manning the right guard spot. Playing on a three-year deal that paid him an average annual salary of $5 million, Spain simply wasn't worth the money to Buffalo.
He can be worth something to Cincinnati, though. The Bengals lost multiple linemen to injuries in Sunday's loss to Cleveland, and tackle Bobby Hart is already out for Cincinnati's Week 8 game against the Titans. Hart, fellow tackle Jonah Williams (stinger) and center Trey Hopkins (concussion) all did not participate in Wednesday's practice, while guard Michael Jordan (back) was a limited participant.
With rookie quarterback Joe Burrow already leading the league in sacks taken (28), the Bengals' efforts to protect him are of paramount importance. Cincinnati appears to be well aware of this need, adding center Finney in the deal that sent Dunlap to Seattle. The acquisition of Spain, a former starter in Tennessee as well as Buffalo, will help plug one of many gaps up front as the team navigates its first season with the exciting Burrow under center.