Monday, March 18, 2013

Long's departure clears Dolphins of '08 draft class


So Long, 2008.

Jake Long, the Miami Dolphins' once franchise left tackle, signed with the St. Louis Rams late Sunday night, as first reported by ProFootballTalk. Long took the money, opting for a four-year, $34 million contact with $20 guaranteed over whatever the Dolphins' lesser proposal was. (photo: June Rivera, Flickr)

With that, the Dolphins have completely cleared out their 2008 draft class, which consisted of nine players.

The 2008 class was made up of Long (first round), defensive end Phillip Merling (second), quarterback Chad Henne (second), defensive end Kendall Langford (third), guard Shawn Murphy (fourth), running back Jalen Parmele (sixth), guard Donald Thomas (sixth), fullback Lex Hilliard (sixth) and defensive tackle Lionel Dotson (seventh).

Long looked like a sure goner after his second injury-riddled season, but talks between the offensive lineman reportedly picked up over the weekend. Ultimately, he chose St. Louis over Miami and the Pittsburgh Steelers, among others.

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