Tag:Jake Long
Posted on: April 22, 2008 4:19 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2008 4:29 pm

Long a good move for Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins did the smart thing agreeing to contract terms with Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long Tuesday.

Long did the right thing as well.

The Dolphins, who will take him first in Saturday's NFL Draft, need help on their offensive line and Long can be one of those 10-year-plug-them-in lineman that all teams need. It was a perfect match, much more so than if they had agreed to terms with Ohio State defensive end Vernon Gholston or Virginia defensive end Chris Long.

With those two, there would have been a position switch involved if they were the pick. Both were college defensive ends who would have moved to outside linebacker in the Dolphins' 3-4 scheme. That's using the first-round pick on a player who you're speculating can make a move.

There's no reason for that. Long is the safe choice.

As for Long's taking the deal, why wouldn't he? He got $30 million in guaranteed money, which isn't what JaMarcus Russell got in the first spot last year, but it is more than what Long would have received if he went second to the Rams.

There's also no state-income tax in Florida and there is in Missouri. That has to mean another big chunk of money each year.

And what young player wouldn't want to play near the trapping of South Beach?

It made way too much sense for the marriage not to happen. Long to Miami is the right pick for the Dolphins.

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Posted on: April 22, 2008 4:17 pm
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Posted on: April 7, 2008 3:11 pm

Jake to Miami

With the NFL Draft less than three weeks away, and the Miami Dolphins still not locked in on who they might take with the first overall pick, we might have a hint.

According to a league source, Tom Condon, the agent for Michigan offensive tackle Jake Long, was scheduled to visit with the Dolphins' brass Monday, which means Bill Parcells, to discuss possible contract parameters.

It's common practice that the team picking at the top might want to negotiate with one or two of the players they are considering in hopes of getting a deal favorable to the club. The Dolphins are believed to be considering Long, Virginia defensive end Chris Long and LSU defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey. The Dolphins are said to be leaning toward shying away from taking quarterback Matt Ryan with the top pick.

Miami has a big need for a left tackle they can build their line around. If they drafted Jake Long, they could move Vernon Carey from left tackle to right tackle, which is his natural position.


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