“The man was really working on his tail to restore health,” Morse said. “He took the right steps and we are very happy to be there. He is a good friend and the cornerstone of our offensive line last year and we hope to bring him back sooner rather than later.”
But Ford may be the best left goalkeeper from Spain.
Spain, 29, an unapproved free agent from West Virginia who spent his first four seasons with the Titans, finished 52nd best goalkeeper in the league last season and did much better at protecting passes from blocking running, according to the PFF. (Scores: 55.4 overall, 70.4 bypass protection, 45.8 inhibition.)
Spain (6-4, 330) did not allow any bags, five strokes, 24 wheels and 29 pressures in his first season with Bills, who signed him in March on a three-year contract extension of $ 15 million, which included a $ 4.5 million guaranteed . But Bills could release him next season and eat only $ 1 million in Dead Space.
The Ford (6-3, 329) should represent, as a minimum, a promotion in the running game and be able to hold ground in pass protection.
“Maybe, barring an injury, in the next two or three years, he could be a good left-goalkeeper as well,” said Jim McNally, a Buffalo native, Bengals advisor and former Bills forward line coach and Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. “I’m not saying he’s going to be the best left goalkeeper in football, but he’s big, strong, he played the tackle, he’s a good enough athlete.