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Bills release veteran offensive lineman Spencer Long

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The Buffalo Bills plan to release veteran offensive lineman Spencer Long, according to a report.

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The Buffalo Bills are easing the logjam along their offensive line.

The team released veteran Spencer Long in a move that will provide space under the salary cap.

Long, 29, was due to count $3.125 million against the 2020 salary cap. His release will save $2.775 million of that, with a $350,000 "dead money" charge in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Long played in 14 games for the Bills in 2019 in a reserve role. He played 174 offensive snaps, with the vast majority of those coming in just three games – 40 snaps against Tennessee in Week 5, 58 snaps against Denver in Week 12 and 59 snaps against the Jets in Week 17.

Long came to the Bills after being released by the New York Jets following the 2018 season. His release seems to open the door for a similar move to be made. ESPN reported Monday the Bills plan to sign former Jets right guard Brian Winters, who was released by New York on Sunday.

While General Manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott cautioned Tuesday that's not a done deal, the likelihood of the Bills adding Winters now that Long is off the roster has gone up.

Long played center for the Jets, but most of his playing time with the Bills came at guard. Starting right guard Jon Feliciano doubled as the Bills' backup center a year ago, but he's out with a torn pectoral muscle.

If Winters does indeed sign, he figures to compete with Ike Boettger, Evan Boehm, Daryl Williams, Ryan Bates and potentially second-year veteran Cody Ford for Feliciano's starting job – provided the Bills decide to move Ford from tackle to guard.

Boehm figures to take over as the backup to starting center Mitch Morse with Long no longer on the roster. 

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