The Redskins have a hole at left guard, and one player at that position they know very well just became available.
On Tuesday, the Jets released Spencer Long only one season into a four-year deal he signed in 2018. By moving on from Long, New York saves nearly $6.5 million on their 2019 salary cap and frees itself up from the rest of the money left on his contract.
Long was a 2014 third-round pick by the Redskins, and a reunion with the team that drafted him makes sense for both sides.
For Washington, Jay Gruden can no longer rely on Shawn Lauvao to be his team's starter in between Trent Williams and Chase Roullier.
Now, Long isn't a top-flight offensive lineman by any stretch and he's had some injury issues just like Lauvao, but the 28-year-old is three years younger than Lauvao and he's someone Gruden and Bill Callahan know quite well.
In addition, he's coming off of a year where he missed action with hand issues and had major problems with snapping when the Jets used him at center, meaning he could be signed on relatively cheap terms. Relatively cheap terms are something the Burgundy and Gold will be craving over the next few months.
For Long, meanwhile, returning to an organization he's familiar with could be more appealing than bouncing around to his third job in three campaigns. He tried the free agent route and it didn't work. Perhaps that pushes him back to where he first turned pro.
Because the Jets released him, Long doesn't need to wait until March to decide on his future. Instead, he can sign at anytime.
So, if the Redskins want to cross off one item on their to-do list during one of the quieter periods of the NFL calendar, they could do so by bringing Long back. It wouldn't be the most exciting move and also wouldn't have a very high ceiling, but it's still one worth exploring.
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