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Bills cut starting guard that Eagles could have interest in

Offensive line help on the way?

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In case you weren’t aware, the Philadelphia Eagles have some offensive line issues.

Specifically at right guard, too, since Jamon Brown was a disaster in Week 6 while filling in for Matt Pryor. Brown allowed two sacks, three hurries, and four quarterback hits during the Eagles’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens. To no one’s surprise, Pro Football Focus currently has Brown graded as the worst pass blocking guard in the entire NFL.

I mean, the guy basically sacked Carson Wentz himself.

It’s currently unclear if Brown will be the starter when the Eagles face the New York Giants this week. Doug Pederson declined to reveal the team’s plan for the interior offensive line. UPDATE: The Eagles cut Brown.

One could imagine that if Pederson actually had confidence in Brown, the head coach would say they’re sticking with him. The guess here is that Pederson being cagey indicates there’s going to be a chance. With Pryor seemingly not cleared to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list in time for Thursday night, the Eagles might do something like start Sua Opeta at left guard and move Nate Herbig back to right guard. We’ll have to see how that goes.

In the meantime, it’s worth noting that there’s a new free agent option available on the market. The Buffalo Bills surprisingly cut starting guard Quinton Spain on Wednesday. This move comes after Spain allowed zero sacks in 2019 and earned a three-year, $15 million contract worth $4.5 million guaranteed earlier this year in March.

The Bills benched Spain in Week 3 to start 2019 second-round pick Cody Ford at left guard instead. He saw playing time in Week 4 but suffered a foot injury that’s kept him out for the Bills’ past two games. It’s not perfectly clear where he’s at health-wise.

If he’s healthy enough to play soon, the Eagles could look at bringing him in. Then again, he might opt to sign with a team that has a better record than the 1-4-1 Eagles do.

Signing Spain doesn’t seem preferable to me because this is a guy who turns 30 ahead of 2021. It’s not like he’s going to be a long-term piece the way that young players like Herbig or Opeta could. Of course, the Eagles might not care much about that since they seem more focused on winning an awful NFC East.

If the young guys struggle to the point where they’re jeopardizing Wentz’s health, signing Spain is understandable. He’s probably at least better than Brown, which isn’t saying much.

Ultimately, I think Spain chooses to sign with a better team.

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