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It is surprising that offensive tackle Jake Long–a number 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft by the Miami Dolphins–has yet to get himself signed to a new contract for the 2013 season. Arguably the best tackle on the free agent market, Long should have been snatched up on day 1, but health concerns and his inflated perception of self-worth have probably been the causes that have held him up to this point.
From the beginning of free agency Long has been in talks with the St. Louis Rams about a potential contract. However, talks with players of Long’s caliber usually do not drag on this much. One possible explanation for the delay could be those injury concerns that have surrounded Long ever since the 2011 season. In 2011, he dealt with an assortment of ailments that affected his back, shoulder, and knees. In 2012, Long missed the final 4 games of the season with a torn triceps injury.
While these injuries could have something to do with the drawn out negotiations, Rams general manager Les Snead recently stated that injuries were not a concern with Long. Wait a second… If injuries are not an issue, then what is the hold up? Can the two sides be that far apart on a dollar amount? If that is the case, then things are not looking good for the Rams. There is no way to know though, as whatever is causing the extended negotiating period could be anything from a minor detail in the contract itself, to Long simply thinking he is worth more than what St. Louis is offering him.
This is where the Dolphins come back into play. If the Rams’ offer is not at least somewhat level with Miami’s then Long could opt to stay put and help rebuild the team. Miami has assembled an impressive group of free agents this offseason, including receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.
At this moment I say it is 50/50 between the two teams. Long felt disrespected by the Dolphins for not trusting his future health status, but if the Rams cannot make an offer to his satisfaction staying home is always an option.
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BEST OF MAXIM
For the 2nd straight year a 1st overall pick is set to have a new team. Jake Long has signed a 4 year contract to go to the St Louis Rams. The #BringJakeHome campaign which seemed to be gaining serious steam apparently never made it to Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland. Jake’s deal with St Louis is a 4 year 36 million dollar deal.
While it seemed the Dolphins made it competitive...
At the start of the NFL’s free agency period, offensive lineman Jake Long had a big decision to make.
He could stick with the new look Miami Dolphins or he could join head coach Jeff Fischer and his evolving St. Louis Rams.
On Sunday, Long picked the Rams leaving the Dolphins with a huge gap in their protection for quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
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According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, there’s some buzz that the left tackle Jake Long will end up re-signing with the Miami Dolphins.
Buzz I am hearing among GMs is that Jake Long will end up back in Miami. Rams still in the hunt but this isn’t wreaking of a bidding war
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 17, 2013
It sounds like both the Rams and Dolphins have...
Before free agency started, it was considered a foregone conclusion that tackle Jake Long would be moving on from the Miami Dolphins.After all, his play had declined considerably over the past two seasons while he battled injuries, and Long would be seeking top free agent money this offseason -- the type of money the Dolphins did not want to spend on an injury prone left tackle....
Armando Salguero reports that a source has informed that the Miami Dolphins intend to sign an offensive tackle in free agency now that Jake Long has decided to sign with the Rams.
Salguero mentions that Sebastian Vollmer or Eric Winston would make the most sense for the Dolphins at this point in time. Andre Smith and Bryant McKinnie aren’t great fits for the Dolphins, according...
In the end, Jake Long picked St. Louis over Miami — it’s not often you hear those words.
The former No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 draft signed a four-year, $34 million deal with the St. Louis Rams, according to Pro Football Talk. With incentives, Long can earn up to $36 million. The deal includes $16 million fully guaranteed with another $4 million guaranteed in 2014.
Former #1 overall pick Jake Long hinted at not always feeling the love from the team that drafted him in 2008, the Miami Dolphins, so he’s decided to take his game to St. Louis.
After a lot of back and forth on Long’s part and not being sure where he wanted to be, Pro Football Talk is reporting that Long and the Rams have agreed on a four year deal worth $34 million and an annual...
MAKING A CASE
Richie Incognito took to Twitter to campaign for the Dolphins to re-sign his teammate, Jake Long.
So Long, 2008.Jake Long, the Miami Dolphins' once franchise left tackle, signed with the St. Louis Rams late Sunday night, as first reported by ProFootballTalk. Long took the money, opting for a four-year, $34 million contact with $20 guaranteed over whatever the Dolphins' lesser proposal was. With that, the Dolphins have completely cleared out their 2008 draft class, which...
Ryan Tannehill's week is not starting off the way he wanted it to. The quarterback for the Miami Dolphins is going to need to find someone else to anchor one side of the offensive line and protect his behind next season. Tackle Jake Long has signed a four-year, $36 million deal with the St. Louis Rams.
It is not exactly news. He had been talking with the Rams at length...
Richie Incognito starting a social media campaign to bring Jake Long back to the Miami Dolphins with #bringjakehome.
Wide receiver has clearly been a focal point for AFC East teams in the 2013 version of free agency. Offensive line looks to be just as important.Former Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long signed with the St. Louis Rams less than a week after ex-Buffalo Bills guard Andy Levitre joined the Tennessee Titans. The New England Patriots have yet to make a move on tackle Sebastian Vollmer...