So maybe the Dolphins got something of a bargain on Jake Long after all.
Even though Long is the highest-paid player on the Dolphins, even though he is the highest-paid offensive lineman in the NFL, he isn't the highest-paid rookie coming out of this year's class.
That would be Matt Ryan today.
Ryan, via his agent Tom Condon, has agreed today to a six-year deal worth $72 million. The deal includes $34.75 million in guaranteed money. So let's do the math.
Long, drafted first overall, signed a five-year deal worth $57.75 million. He is getting an average of $11.55 million per year on his deal. Ryan, drafted third overall, is getting $12 million per year on his deal.
Granted Ryan is tied up for one more year and he is, after all, a quarterback so he is supposed to make more money. But I would remind you tying up a rookie for one extra year is a good thing -- for salary cap purposes -- only if he turns out to be a good player.
So on this one the Dolphins done good.
[This is, by the way, the third post of the day on this blog. Visit the other two posts on the owner's opting out of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and, of course, the seemingly second by second updates on Jason Taylor. I hear he just got his car waxed. Details now available.]