The Cincinnati Bengals have done an incredible job retooling their offensive line for the 2022 season, which was what they had to accomplish this offseason. Their 2021 left guard, Quinton Spain, is still on the free-agent market, however, and the stripes should reunite with him.
Spain spent the past two seasons with the Bengals and the team was wise to re-sign him a year ago, as he ended up winning the starting left guard job and performed well at the position. He finished the 2021 season with a PFF grade of 72.3 and for the most part, gave the Bengals a solid left guard during their AFC championship season.
As of now, however, Spain is still waiting to find his next NFL home, and Cincinnati should give him a call and try to bring him back.
While the organization has done an excellent job adding solid offensive linemen, left guard is the only spot left vacant as of now. Most seem to believe that it’ll be Jackson Carman’s job to lose but this should not be the route the Bengals take.
Quinton Spain could provide competition at left guard for Bengals
As of now, the Bengals’ starting o-line will consist of Jonah Williams at left tackle, likely Carman at left guard, Ted Karras at center, Alex Cappa at right guard, and La’el Collins at right tackle. Left guard is the only question mark and Spain re-joining the Bengals could light a fire under Carman over the summer.
If Carman still can’t beat out Spain, then he’s probably not the long-term answer at the position. He didn’t see the field a ton in 2021 so it’s hard to say if he’s not fit for the position yet but the Bengals can’t just hand him the starting job.
Pitting him against last year’s starting left guard is a smart strategy because if he beats Spain, then cool, it was meant to be. If he doesn’t, the Bengals have a familiar face in the position and will then return two of last year’s starters to this year’s line.
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