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.