Spain spent roughly the last two seasons at Cincy before being released this offseason. He served as the team’s left guard and performed well for the most part, playing 98 percent of offensive snaps in 2020 and 95 percent of offensive snaps in 2021.
Yet the seven-year offensive lineman struggled in the Super Bowl against the Rams and lost his starting job to the younger and more talented Jackson Carman.
When Carman noticeably disappointed in the Bengals’ preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals, it didn’t take long for Spain to fire a shot at his former team.
If it’s not clear, the picture is of downtown Cincinnati, and Spain likely posted it as a snarky poke at the Bengals franchise reminding them that they picked Carman over him.
Bengals get trolled by former left guard Quinton Spain in preseason
The Bengals opted against re-signing him this summer and Spain currently remains an available free agent.
In all fairness, Carman did have a very mediocre performance against Arizona and was often outplayed by the Cardinals’ reserve D-linemen.
As the only offensive starter who played on Friday night, Cincy hoped that Carman could add some leadership and stability to the line, but his in-game play called into question whether Carman should even be the team’s starting left guard.
Carman was called for a holding penalty, flailed in pass-protection, and overall he did not look the part of a reliable starting-caliber offensive lineman.
Still, there’s a month to go until Week 1, and one preseason game is not indicative of the 2021 second-round pick’s value or consistency.
No need to panic just yet — Carmen still has the potential to develop into a franchise cornerstone piece in the trenches, and Spain is just being a sore loser.