The Buffalo Bills have begun addressing their offensive line needs by signing Spencer Long to a three-year contract. The addition made on Tuesday comes a week after the New York Jets cut Long to free up nearly $6.5 million from next season’s salary cap.
The 28-year-old Long has 44 starts in 53 career games over five seasons. He spent his first four seasons in Washington, which selected him in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Nebraska. The Elkhorn native was a three year starter at right guard for NU, however his senior season in 2013 was cut short due to a knee injury.
Long has versatility in having played both center and left guard. Both are positions of need for the Bills, who had difficulty replacing the offseason losses of starting center Eric Wood and left guard Richie Incognito. Injuries to Long’s right hand, which he uses to snap with, led to him struggling at center with the Jets. He eventually moved to left guard after James Carpenter sustained a season-ending knee injury.
Long will be joining another former Husker, Jeremiah Sirles, with the Bills. Sirles signed a one year extension with Buffalo last month.
The Associated Press contributed to this report