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So where is the Jake Long contract extension?

Jake Long is in the final year of a contract that seemed oh-so-expensive in 2008 when he signed as the first overall draft pick but has been well worth the money to date. Long is scheduled to make $11.2 million in his contract year and cost upwards of $12.8 million against the cap.

The base salary is basically the cost of doing business. The cap charge seems like a case of business that could be done better.

The fact is the Dolphins need to extend Long's deal. He has been a good player. He is a foundation stone for the franchise. And an extension could easily lower that cap charge and give the team more space to maneuver as it wishes in the coming days of the 2012 league year.

Yet, off Long went on his honeymoon recently and the Dolphins didn't have a new contract ready for him as a wedding gift.

Why?

Ah, the why is a puzzle.

The club's official stance is that Long without doubt is not going anywhere, that he is outstanding and that he absolutely will not be allowed to hit free agency at the end of 2012 so that he can possibly go elsewhere.

Good call, Dolphins folks!

So why the delay when an extension could be beneficial for both sides? Well the possibilities are the puzzle.

Maybe both sides have a wink-wink agreement that something will get done and it will. Great, but time is money and the longer this is on the back burner, the weaker the Dolphins seem from a cap standpoint.

Maybe both sides have talked and they simply haven't come to an agreement. This is probably the most likely scenario. The truth is gauging Long's value won't be easy. Cleveland re-signed Joe Thomas to an 8-year contract worth a reported $92 million that included a whopping $44 million in guaranteed money. That's an $11.5 million annual average. And the trouble for the Dolphins is Long will expect to exceed this deal by a significant amount.

Worth it? Obviously yes at first blush. But look deeper. Long is worth is if he's healthy. Long is worth it if the club last season judged his play to be as good as ever -- unlikely considering his rash of injuries. Long, in short, is worth it if the Dolphins believe him to be Jonathan Ogden or Walter Jones -- both of whom played for years at exceedingly high levels and without injuries.

But what if Long is Tony Boselli? Boselli was perhaps the best left tackle in the game early in his career with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Big, strong, mobile, he was Long before Long. But then he injured a knee. Then he injured an ankle. Then he hurt his shoulder. And then he hurt the shoulder again. And again.

And by his seventh NFL season, Boselli was broken. Folks were surprised when Boselli was placed on the expansion list and allowed to go to Houston. But when he arrived in Houston, injured and unable to contribute, everyone understood.

So is Long on the road to being Boselli? In the past two years he's had a building litany of injuries -- first a knee, then an ankle and shoulder and last year a back and a torn right biceps that forced him to finish the season on injured reserve.

Are the Dolphins worried the trend might continue? Even privately there is confidence Long will recover and continue to be a pillar of the offensive line. But I would imagine the club would nonetheless like to protect itself financially against the continuation of the recent trend.

Perhaps the club prefers to see how Long returns and is handling training camp and the early part of the season before committing to a new contract.

That would be smart. Of course, in the meantime, that significant cap hit glows in neon as needing to be addressed. It is a catch-22. Pay Long and gamble he'll be fine? Or delay a new contract and suffer the tightened cap space?

There is, of course, another scenario that might explain the lack of a new contract for Long. It is obvious this is a big-ticket item. It will cost a lot of dollars. What if owner Stephen Ross, smarting from tanking ticket sales, simply isn't in position to dole out $40-$50 million in guaranteed money right now, much of which would no doubt come in the form of a hefty signing bonus?

What if the Dolphins -- among the bottom five spenders in cash outlay a year ago -- are simply trying to hold down costs again?

These are all questions the Dolphins don't have to answer. But it would clear things up if they did.

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Jack, JFK raped a check in the White house?, Who was she?, I never heard that one, I know he Did M.Monroe in the "Oval" Office but he raped a chick, Thats one I did'nt hear about(Or Care about)(For that matter)

What do I tell women with two black eyes.
DUCK!
Especially if they were trying to kill me in my sleep for MONTHS before they tried to stab me to death.
Posted by: JackSparrow | March 24, 2012 at 04:47 PM

Jack, The correct answer is Nothing, She's already been told twice.

Is Koby Fleener the next Gronkowsky? Might be taken Top Ten.

"Later that afternoon, she was invited to after-work drinks upstairs. At the impromptu cocktail party, Kennedy offered to take her on a tour of the White House. That night, after she had been plied with alcohol, they made love for the first time in Jackie Kennedy’s powder-blue bedroom. Alford’s account has raised questions about whether she was raped."

MIMI ALFORD

Who doesn't have problems? So you drop it and quit holding BLACK FOLKS TO A HIGHER STANDARD THAN YOUR OWN.
Posted by: JackSparrow | March 24, 2012 at 04:45 PM


Ahhhh, Jack, I'am a person of a White Father/Black Mother thank you, I'am a Computer Programmer in the San Jose Area.Grew up(Till the age of 15) In Miami(Cutler Ridge Area to be exact) And moved to California with my perants, So Please dont throw the Race card out.

Whatever you think of Brandon Marshall he did get doubled teamed on almost every down opening up other areas of the offense.

Brandon Marshall was on his way to the HOF until he met Check Down Chad.

JEF FIRELAND 3.29.12 Protest March

Get a call from Miami Dolphin owner to explain about why you should pay hundreds of dollars every Sunday and hundreds of dollars on merchandise to proudly sit in front of his 1.1 Billion dollar trash pile sold by con man Wayne

There is a sucker born every minute

Stephen Ross got suckered and now he wants you to pay to stare at his monumental pile of trash and purchase "$300.00 authentic trash jerseys"

R U PHUCKING KIDDING

The Dolphins are a big pile of trash

PERIOD

oscar I dont think there is another Gronkowski. He's one of a kind.

hes pretty dumb

Kiper on Fleener: He has come on, and I now have him as a guy who could crack the first round.

Fleener had Luck throwing to him. Luck makes everyone look great. Not so sure how good Fleener would look with a lesser QB.

Ross should hire Kiper or someone to do the Dolphins draft for them.

Dolphins fans so stupid.
Dopey reporter so stupid.
Good free agents not stupid.
Dopey reporter say good free agents come here.
That lie.
Stupid fans believe him.
Only acorns come here:
NoodleArm: acorn
Moore: acorn
Garrard: acorn
Fasano: acorn
Acorn belong on end of wang not in starting lineup.

So for what it's worth, my new theory is that Ross is trying to drive attendance down to the point he can move the team ala Major League. That at least would make sense given their "incredible" offseason

For all you Tebow fan's in denial...

The Broncos just signed Caleb Hanie to be Peytons back up. John Elway, two time SB champion and first ballot HOF'r, knows a tad more about QB's than any of us. He didn't even see it fit to keep Tebow as a back up. He chose Caleb Hanie over Tebow.

And that says everything.

That theory is not new, amsmith, it's pretty old.

Oscar, that's actually scary. I was genuinely afraid someone would confirm my worst fear

It is a possibility that has to be taken into account. Time will tell.

Caleb Hanie? Don't they have Colin Kaepernik?

SF has Colin.

No way Ross wants to move the team. Who the heck wants to live in LA and there you will get even less attendance. Raiders and Rams both failed there. Next team will too.

Armando is pissed as hell. I don't blame him. I understand what he is saying, all is hopehopehope for the past 20 years, and no cigar. 20 years is a long time. I think that if this Administration fails in providing us Fans with a consistently winning Team, I for one will abandon all hope and enthusiasm for the Miami Dolphins.

As I cannot let my Self to be harmed indefinitely, then 2 years they have to deliver on their promises. No more, no less.

Those who blog they will abandon hope or quit being a fan are only kidding themselves. If they are still a fan after decades of failure and incompetence, they will be fans forever.

Now the pundits are coming out to say RG3 is better than Luck. Stronger arm, better accuracy,better on the move, better pocket presence.

RG3 will be more valuable than our next 3 #1's. Wait and see.

Err, People learn, no ion?

Fans are fanatics, they are irrational. They don't learn. Deep down, no matter what, they believe their horrible team can find a way to squeak into the playoffs and from there who knows. Fanatics have no sense of reason.

My prediction, 2 to 3 years from now the team will be sold and yet a whole new regime change. Ross may know real estate, but he has no competence as an NFL owner.

Just read Armando's new story from the discontented fans.

It got me thinking that although it was nice of Mr Ross to call the Lawrence fellow and explain their thought process its still doesn't make me optimistic.

The statement he made about releasing Brandon Marshall had they not found a trade partner,really explains why were in th spot we're in.

A mean your going to straight up release a pro bowl WR, your best WR, a WR you gave 2 2nd rd picks for just 2 seasons ago.

Meanwhile the Bears and Jay Cutler gave 2 3rd rd picks for him and their quite happy to have him.

I realize he is not a boy scout,but he was the best reciever we had and a good one.

I mean they just don't make awhole lot of sense.

Armando - thank you for the open letter. The most meaningful piece you've ever written, for sure. Unfortunately, it'll probably fall on deaf ears. However, you summed up the state of "Phin Nation" perfectly. Way to go.

And I guess, ion, that in 2-3 years when Ross sells the Team, we will have a brand new Administration and renewed hope, right? Wrong. That won't bite me in the asss again.

This team does not know how to do business. Everyone knew they would release Marshall so nobody was bidding. Chicago has Cutler, and so 2 3rd rounders was doable.


Jeffy is too naive in these matters. He doesn't know how to hide his hand. He looks desperate and acts desperate.

Ross, you are telling us nobody else would offer anything for Marshall? You are in the wrong business.

What I'm going to say will be depressing to many, nevertheless I believe is true. The location of the stadium where the Miami Dolphins play makes the Team a losing proposition and if we don't find a more agreeable place to play, MIAMI WILL NEVER BE A TOP TEAM IN THE NFL.

Sometimes, doing the best you can just isn't good enough. The Miami Dolphins are that very shining example.

Miami isn't goint to be able to resign him untill all this wasted cap money is gone off the books. If I was Jake Long I wouldn't sign a deal if you offered it to me until you showed me a plan to be successful. I would sign with the niners, green bay, new orleans, new york giants or New England. He should go somewhere to team that wants to win and makes the right choices to move in a positive direction than just picking and choosing directions that are counter productive. DON'T SIGN JAKE. TAKE YOUR TALENT TO A TEAM THAT WILL APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO AND WANTS TO WIN. *** FIRE IRELAND!!! ***

OK, dishpan, but why not before? There has to be reasons for the steep decline of this Franchise.

Oscar, are you of the opinion that the decline has been sudden or steep (or both)? I see a difference, though I'm inclined to believe the decline has been a product of one very festering ideal: I have a plan. Even Sparano admitted that the light went on when he took an entirely different approach. And the result? wholesale changes in performance. I don't see this as very sudden, I see this as the direction the team has been heading. Arrogance is a terrible thing in the hands of the incapable, and of this, some in the front office are guilty.

DON'T SIGN JAKE. TAKE YOUR TALENT TO A TEAM THAT WILL APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO AND WANTS TO WIN. *** FIRE IRELAND!!! ***

Posted by: cirmsonblack | March 24, 2012 at 09:45 PM

The team has showed its appreciation to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. You obviously haven't thought of that. I'm sure Jake is happy as hell and not nearly as bitter as you.

Repeating my commentary of a few days ago. Ross might not know Football but he sure as hell knows bookkeeping. C'mon, WTH is going on in here. He didn't know that by overspending we would fall into the red? We are not anybody's fool down here, you know?

The decline has been gradual, dishpan, looks deeper now for us. The steep part started when Shula was forced to resign. But yes, started with the arrogance of Joe Robbie who thought, because of his successes, he was king of the hill.

The team has showed its appreciation to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. You obviously haven't thought of that. I'm sure Jake is happy as hell and not nearly as bitter as you.
Posted by: ion | March 24, 2012 at 09:55 PM

Yeah, Jake long loves losing. And being on THE LAUGHINGSTOCK team! GET A CLUE!

BP did something, to bring us out of that terrible 1-15 hole we fell in. Still, it hasn't been enough.

You can blame the demise of the Dolphins on 2 terrible owners hiring 4 consecutive novice NFL HC's. Its not rocket science..

Oscar,
You and I love each other.
We swallow each other's loads every night
And when we're under extra stress and need extra relief.

Hiring Philbin to engineer the rebuild is INSANE! As insane as keeping the incompetent classless GM that got us to 6-10 in his 4th year! It is possible that Philbin does well, but the chances are extremely remote. And worse with a GM that cant pick his nose.

Yeah, Jake long loves losing. And being on THE LAUGHINGSTOCK team! GET A CLUE!

Posted by: Clue | March 24, 2012 at 10:54 PM

You don't get it. The team made him the #1 overall pick. In doing so he got the biggest contract he could have gotten in the draft. He is a multi millionaire at a very young age. Sure he wants to win, but do you really think he is as filled with hate and bitterness as you? Maybe you are just bitter with your life, I think Jake is stylin big time.

Oscar,
You and I need to discuss Phins.
And us.
One on one.
Right now.

Yeah, probably Metaphisically speaking. PhucYu. GN

Metaphysically is cool for now.
For now.
We're just 2 guys right?

OC,
I'm up in this tower.
Just checked in 3 hours ago.
Full service on premises yo: steaks, drinks, sushi, whatever!
You close?

i think the worst kind OF SOUP IS ...CHILI,JUST SPICY CRAP////////

I LIKE CLAM SHOWER MADE WITH REAL CLAMS WITH THE SHELL NOT THE RUBBERY KIND THEY SELL IN THE STORES .......

CLAM SHOWDER

Problem In Miami:

1. Only 2 1st rd picks in 4yrs have been true impact players(Long, Pouncey). Vontae's been more bottom 2nd rd calibre. Odrick, based on play so far, maybe upper 3rd rd calibre return.

2. ZERO 2nd rd'ers have made any kind of real impact. 2 Are no longer with the team(Henne/White). Sean Smith's play's been more like upper 4th rd calibre. So has Misi. The newest, D Thomas, the jury's still out(was often injured).

3. 3rd Rounders-- Langford's gone. All others except for Jerry all cut. Jerry was a 3rd rd'er forced to make an impact right away. Clearly wasnt ready.

4. 4th Round-- Clearly the greatest 4th rd value has been Hartline. Reshad Jones and Nolan Carroll have had 4th rd type impact nothing more. Everything else ended on the waiver wire.

I know many looked at Bess being a real find as a undrafted fa. But hold your horses. You still couldnt get a 6th rd pick for him right now today in a trade.

Add all the underperforming, cuts, and players not rising to the next level of expected development. Then the fa bust. Then you see how we got to where we sit today.

CLAM CHOWDER.....SORRY

YG.......... WE HAV E THE WORST FA PLAYERS IN THE HISTORY OF THE NFL ,,,,,,,,, OUR GARAGE MANAGER IS ONLY INTERESTED IN CHEAP PLAYERS .

We have 2 1st rd picks in 4yrs that could be traded for a 1st rd pick right now today(Long Pouncey). You would get a 3rd rd pick if you traded Vontae today. Maybe a 4th rd pick for Odrick.

There's not one 2nd rd pick we drafted over the last 4yrs that we could trade for a 2nd rd pick today. You would be lucky to get a 4th rd pick for Sean Smith. Henne and White both gone(For nothing I might add). You would be lucky to get a 4th rd pick for Phillip Merling too.

This is just how horrible our drafting has been in the 1st 2 rds alone over the past 4yrs. Hmm.... Wonder why we finished 6-10 last season season? LOL


ALoco,

Add the fa busts and terrible drafting in rds 1-2. Then its the perfect recipe for being 6-10 after 4yrs of rebuilding.

Then we give away one of the very few on the field fa successes we had, Marshall, for literally nothing(2 3rd rd picks).

Armando'

Great Job on the open letter from Dolfans

Think Home has done his job

3.29.12 Protest JEF FIRELAND

Occupy Davie


Sincerely
Home ;)

Seems every couple years we end up redoing the same positions over and over again. While never adequately addressing key positons that have been lingering issues before Ireland and company got here.

Thus, 2yrs later readdressing #1 wr again.

The funny thing is, these dumb ass fans want to trade Long for picks. How do you ever build a team when you keep trading away your best players?

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