Originally posted on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 12/13/12
According to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears are unlikely to sign one of the premier offensive tackles in next year’s draft, and more specifically Jake Long. Pompei adds that Long would likely require “somewhere in the vicinity of $11 million a year, and a monster signing bonus.” Long’s overall ability has seen a noticed drop in the last few seasons, so it’s hard to say that NFL teams in general view him as an elite talent at this point. The Dolphins reportedly would only have interest in retaining the former No. 1 overall pick if the price was right, which isn’t exactly a huge endorsement of him moving forward. With that being said, Chicago will have a less cap space to work with this year, so going after one of the top offensive tackles like Ryan Clady, Sebastian Vollmer or even Long will not be easy unless they start shedding salary in other areas. For a look at the top NFL free agents, check out our recently updated Top 50 Free Agents and we also added a 51 -100 list as well.
PLAYERS: Jake Long
TEAMS: Miami Dolphins
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