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Former Nebraska OL Spencer Long Signs With Buffalo Bills

Spencer Long leads the way for Rex Burkhead on a Nebraska running play.

LINCOLN, NE - SEPTEMBER 1: Running back Rex Burkhead #22 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers follows offensive linesman Spencer Long #61 to the endzone during their game against Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Memorial Stadium September 1, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Burkhead suffered slight knee injury during the game. Nebraska won 40-20. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Spencer Long was cut by the New York Jets just last week. He already has a new team, and it is a familiar one.

Long is sticking in the AFC East. The Buffalo Bills announced that it has signed Long to a three-year deal.

From the team's release:

Both GM Brandon Beane and head coach Sean McDermott made it clear at the close of the 2018 season that they were going to seek to make improvements on Buffalo’s offensive line. On Tuesday, Buffalo took a first step in accomplishing that signing free agent offensive lineman Spencer Long to a three-year contract Tuesday, a week after he was released by the New York Jets.

Long, a former third-round pick by Washington in 2014, has experience at both guard and center. The 6-5, 318-pound lineman has 44 starts in his 53-game career.

Spencer Long thanked the Buffalo Bills for signing him via Twitter after it was announced.

From earlier this afternoon:

Long started 13 games for the Jets last year, before going out with a finger injury.

His route to the NFL is a pretty impressive story. Long joined the Huskers program as a walk-on defensive end, and wound up converting to offensive line, where he developed into a pro.

He wound up as an All-Big Ten first-teamer and a third round pick by Washington in the 2014 NFL Draft. He played his first four years there, making the move to the Jets ahead of last season.

He has started 44 games in his NFL career, appearing in 53 overall.