ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that league sources have informed him that the Miami Dolphins would have to be willing to pay OT Jake Long $15.365 million next season in order for them franchise the soon to be free agent.
“Because the number is so high, some around the league believe the Dolphins cannot afford to tag Long and that he will be able to test the free-agent market, just as [Mario] Williams did last season,” writes Schefter.
Schefter adds that the Dolphins have already tried to workout a long-term extension with Long, but have been unable to do so.
Long’s recent triceps injury only complicated things further, as there’s actually a chance that he could be done for the season. One thing also worth noting; Long’s play this season has been a far cry from the Pro Bowl level production that he had come to be known for. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 46 best offensive tackle this season.