Originally written January 23, 2013 on Pro Football Zone:
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According to Armando Sagluero of the Miami Herald, the Dolphins made a low-ball offer to left tackle Jake Long during the season to try to sign him to a long-term extension. I’m told by a source, in that an offer they made to Long during the season was considered something of a low-ball attempt to re-sign him. So this ongoing negotiation is delictate. It’s so delicate, Ireland doesn’t even want to admit Long isn’t elite anymore — perhaps for fear that will offend or tip the balance of the talks in some way. “Well I’m not going to tell you whether I think he is elite because I’m still in a contract negotiation,” Ireland said. “We certainly take, and I’ve had a good conversation with Jake when he exited the building, in fact I’ve talked to him a lot because he has been in the training room, but Jake has a decision to make and we have a decision to make. “It’s a very, very difficult decision and it’s a very complicated negotiation, so we’ll have to see how things go.” Great offensive lineman are hard to come by and the Dolphins would be smart to sign Long to a long-term deal.  He’s only going to be 28 years-old ins May and should have another four good years left in him.     Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
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