The Dallas Cowboys could use some help along their offensive line. How about Quinton Spain?
To say the Dallas Cowboys‘ offensive line has been decimated this season is an understatement. Due to a plethora of injuries to star players, the Cowboys are being forced to start several young, inexperienced lineman to protect backup quarterback Andy Dalton. And the results have been less than stellar.
The injury bug has been particularly unkind to the Cowboys this season. Especially along their offensive line where starters in left tackle Tyron Smith and La’el Collins have both already been lost for the season.
All-Pro right guard Zack Martin suffered a concussion early into Monday’s matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. He was replaced by 2019 third-rounder, Connor McGovern, who missed his entire rookie season with a pectoral injury.
The starting left tackle against the Cards, Brandon Knight, suffered a knee injury in that game and had sudden surgery this week. He was the primary replacement for Tyron Smith and now he’ll need a replacement of his own. Knight is expected to make a quick recovery.
The team’s starting center, Joe Looney, suffered an MCL sprain against the Cleveland Browns back in Week Four and is currently on Injured Reserve. Looney has been replaced by fourth-round rookie, Tyler Biadasz.
At right tackle, the Cowboys opted to start an undrafted rookie in Terence Steele over the past six games in place of Collins, who didn’t play a single snap this season due to a hip injury.
Dallas could really use an injection of experience along their offensive line, especially if Martin is out an extended amount of time on concussion protocol. The Cowboys are hoping to get Cameron Erving back this week. The six-year offensive tackle has been out since Week One due to an MCL sprain.
But following the recent release of offensive guard Quinton Spain by the Buffalo Bills, the Cowboys have a rare opportunity to address some of their offensive line woes. And they should take advantage of it.
Spain was the primary starter at left guard for the Tennessee Titans for three years before joining the Bills in 2019. The 29-year old was a 16-game starter for Buffalo last season. Spain didn’t allow a single sack and even inked a three-year, $15 million deal in March.
Yet, Spain did receive a lackluster overall grade of 55.4 for his play last year from Pro Football Focus and has started only two games this season in Buffalo. He was listed as questionable on the team’s Week Six injury report with a foot issue.
The Bills ended up cutting the veteran guard on Wednesday, freeing up $1.25 million of salary cap space. Now, Spain’s a free agent able to sign anywhere.
The Dallas Cowboys should be thankful for this rare “manna from heaven” and explore a possible union with Quinton Spain. Adding an experienced guard to their current mix would allow the team to shift either Zack Martin or Connor Williams out to a tackle position and potentially provide Andy Dalton and the offense enough time to score more than 10 points (like the Cowboys did in Week Six).