The Buffalo Bills are releasing offensive lineman Spencer Long, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora made a separate report to the same. Long was in the second year of a three year contract with the Bills, and the team had just picked up a $4 million option in March. However, with Jon Feliciano tearing his pectoral muscle, and the team reportedly agreeing to terms with free agent guard Brian Winters, the Bills needed a corresponding roster move – and Long was the casualty.
Long ultimately played one season for the Bills, appearing in 14 games without starting any. He played 16% of snaps as a reserve offensive lineman, and appeared on 13% of the special teams snaps.
Long was set to have a cap hit of just over $3.1 million in 2020, but only $700,000 qualifies as “dead cap”, so the Bills save $2.4 million against the 2020 cap with this move. Long’s $4.5 million club option for 2021 is also off the books now.