Monday, January 28, 2013

Long Gone? Fins 'pessimistic' about retaining tackle


Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland recently said that the situation surrounding impending free agent and used-to-be-elite left tackle Jake Long was "complicated."

If by "complicated" he means "Jake Long wants too much money and won't be in South Beach next season," then yes, it's complicated. (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the declining and now injury-prone lineman is seeking "at least" $10 million a year when he signs a new contract, albeit with the Dolphins or someone else. Or no one, at that price.

Long was one of the best, if not the best, left tackle in the NFL through his first three years as a pro. However, his production has taken a dive with his health the past two seasons, as he was IRed late in the last two seasons to arm injuries, both during extremely underwhelming campaigns.

A teammate of Long's told the Miami Herald that Long "scoffed" at a contract offer by the club during the 2012 season. If he's demanding double figures with even less leverage than he had at the time, then the Dolphins are likely doing just as much scoffing now.

While the two sides will continue talks, Long looks more and more like a goner.

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