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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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False report about Bush guys. Anyways does it even matter at this point were not better than the Pats, Jets or Bills

So what if the tweet was faked, at this point you cant doubt anything in what ireland can do in the rebuilding mode the fins are Obviously dealing with right now.....Just Sayin!!!

HOW ABOUT COBY FLEENER WITH THE 8TH PICK THAN TRADING THE SECOND AND 2 3RDS FOR A QB IN THE LATE FIRST..WEEDEN OR TANNEHILL MIGHT SLIP?

Never underestimate the Bills and the Jets ability to implode as well

Ohio, when will it register that we suck?

I see Blackcerote reads PFT too :)

WTF is Coby Fleener?

Sorry clue, but dealing for teblow in new york and having sancheese extended does not make them any more fearful(even less actually) to miami, even with our disdain in the front office....And the bills still have fitzpatrick which doesnt make me believe that their head over heels better than us in terms of QB play either......as far as the pats go, yea their still way above us in the "BETTER" catagory!!!

superPHIN,

No matter how you look at it the Jets defense is still better than ours, better hope they dont pick up Richardson in the first. The Bills signed Mario Williams and that other DE who had 10 scacks last season, I think Mark Anderson his name is.

We got Art Hicks and David Garrard, WTF is that? We'll finish last in the division

I logged in to check on the Dolphins latest move to rebuild the team. Why did I bother ??? As long as Ireland is on the job - the team will continue to crumble. The statue of Don Shula outside the stadium could do a better job than Ireland.

We are no longer competitive with the Pats or Jets. Our new rivals are the Bills.

I think were forgetting football 101

In a West Coast Offense the idea is to get rid of the ball QUICK and then run on off downs to catch the defense in full pass protection

In this senerio the OL whatever position he plays other then Center is diminished because you don't need someone to hold the line all day - Just keep the defenders from running free to the QB

So it seems to me that if Long is injured this year or the offense clicks (Which will be amazing without a decent QB) as designed then he is tradable.

Makes very good sense and I am not of the oppinion that you spend all your money on the OL -- Those days are over

You spend your money on a Superstar QB first - Superstar CB second - Superstar DL or LB Third

Just my opinion

Dont forget either clue that our defense has shown last year that their more than capable of shutting down sanchez and fitzy, and while anderson and williams were nice additions to the bills, niether the wets nor the bills upgraded too much on their offense thus far....can we still play bad on offense and good on defense???....well, we've gotten away with it in years past by mediocrity and with that formula can still continue this year....wont help much, but no worse off either!!!

superPhin,

the D is lost in space without Mike Nolan. How happy is he to get out of this cespool?

bobbyd12, did you renew your Season tix? If not do you plan to?

Besides CraigM, you are (or were) the most optimistic fan I knew on here. However, I've seen you get more negative lately (with good reason). I've also noticed the same with Craig (at least a bit of nervousness).

This to me is a sign like when animals run for the hills before a tsunami. I'm not getting a good feeling about the team when you guys start sounding like me (pessimistic).


superPHIN--I believe that you are a Japanese beatnik. You eat sushi and read Allen Ginsberg poetry (in Japanese) while wearing a beret and a sumo loincloth.

Posted by: Dr. Benjamin Gland, PhD | March 22, 2012 at 04:06 PM

LMAO....Damn, your good!!! but lioncloth...really??...itches too much...just sayin!!!

WE HAVE NO PLAYMAKERS!!

...Not an expert at this business, but Jake Long's four seasons in the pro's may have
taught him something about longevity; we hope so!

The NFL added additinal punishment to the Saints for 'BountyGate' -- they must hire Ireland as their General Manager for the next five years. The Saints owner called it cruel and unusual punishment. Lol. :)

What do people think of this idea (it's a little too good to be true, therefore Ireland would NEVER be for it, but just humor me):

We trade Bush. Then we pursue Matt Forte (he's disgruntled now that Bears signed Michael Bush). He's a perfect WC RB. He can run and catch equally good. Coming off injury, but that's because he's been used like Ricky was when Norv was our OC.

Forte > Bush. Not even close. Though I'd try to get Forte before I unloaded Bush (just to be sure). Of course this is all if the rumor is true (I haven't seen anything anywhere about it).

superPHIN,
No matter how you look at it the Jets defense is still better than ours, better hope they dont pick up Richardson in the first. The Bills signed Mario Williams and that other DE who had 10 scacks last season, I think Mark Anderson his name is.
We got Art Hicks and David Garrard, WTF is that? We'll finish last in the division

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Free agency splashes will not win a SB. Just ask Philly and Washington. With a solid draft we will be in better shape than NY and the Bills (in '12 and long-term).
Trade down a few spots in Rd 1 and grab Floyd. Then in Rd 2 go after Cousins or Weeden (as Garrard has a 1 year deal, he could battle it out with Moore next year).

The reality of the situation is that Reggie doesn't fit Philbins idea of a RB.

Now we have hired Sparano for completing his task of taking out Jake Long and rendering him and his 12 million dollar cap hit Useless.

My whole team is way better than the sucky fish and band of losers.

I have bee to two AFC championships in only 3 years and this year stealing Florida's Tim Tebow from the Jags, Bucs or Dolphins to bring the awesome hybrid QB here to the Mighty NY JETS to bash the Dolphin's teeth in, again

Good riddance to the joke Dolphins and there joke coaches and players.

I'm gonna eat the Dolphins lunch and fart all over Philbin,s face!

New York !

New York !

I love the New York and Tim Tebow Jets!

Tim Tebow destroys AFC teams

JETS RULE!

Do ANY players currently on the team fit Philbin's system? Geez, next they'll say Brandon Fields and Carpenter don't fit his system. Maybe he wants to bring the entire GB team to Miami to play.

WTH type of RB do the WCO need? SF had Roger Craig he's similar to Reggie Bush in every way. Oscar what are you talking about?

Hey Rex...my feet are sore, can you rub them for me?

I heard you got Garrard, Huh?

and you are going to pay him upwards of 3.5 Million dollars for one season with bonuses to sit on the bench on a team with below average QBs, no WRs, no RBs and no pass rushers and no secondary and no coaches and a GM that not even Tim Tebow would consider playing for ?

You guys really suck dont you!

Looking forward to betting the Hell out of you losers, again and again again!

Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has announced that a hearing of the Judiciary Committee will be convened on the topic of Bounties.

HEY DICK, ya YOU DICK Durbin... This is exactly why all you democrats and Obama will be voted OUT.

WHY?? Because instead of focusing on the economy, people out of work,it's only March and by Memorial Day Gas will be $6.00 a gallon and all you butt wipe democrats are worried about is the NFL???

YOU have controlled the House, Senate and White house and NEVER adopted a budget throughout your entire term. To date, you own the Senate and white house and STILL have no budget. Yet you have time to waste TAZPAYERS money on the NFL bounties???

ALL FREAKING BS and as a Taxpayer I am disgusted with these Democrats.

I meant, Clue, Philbin probably wants RB's in the mold of those he had in GB.

Reggie Bush, Will Allen and Vontae Davis are said to be signed or in talks with the Patriots.

We got Jason Taylor and went to the AFC championships twice

Dolphins got him back and went 6-10

Ha-Ha

You guys suck and have no system!

What is this, Ho..errDC. First you propose a plan to trade Bush, now you get pissaed at what I wrote. Make up your personality, bro.

We beat the Patriots and went to the AFC championship in 2010

The Dolphoons usually have Brady score 50- 60 points against them and then take the 4th quarter off.

You guys suck and your Gm and coach could nor build a Lego set never mind a winning football team

Ask baldy Philbin how many plays he called on offense as the OC for Green Bay before becoming your (lol0 Head coach

answer: not even one, the joker is freakin practice day coach only and the loser GM Ireland made him Head coach and freakin 35 yr old Garrard for your franchise QB when Tim Tebow was available for the steal of the century!

You guys suck!

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/03/21/after-pro-day-jaws-predicts-griffin-will-be-a-superstar-in-nfl/#comments

We should of traded whatever it took to get this guy. even if we sucked at least we would of been set at QB. He want to Ireland college for god sake. Jeez

Was just sitting here thinking(Yeah, yeah...I know...most times its something Im not very good at. LOL)

Anyway.....

Should The Jets meet the Broncos in the playoffs and Tim Tebow becomes a big reason why the Jets upset them in the playoffs.

"WE HAVE"NT REALLY SEEN TEBOW-MANIA YET!"

This will be John Elway's greatest nightmare. He just doesnt know it yet! LOL

Philbin who never made one offensive play call ever is your Head coach

35 yr old washed up 2nd stringer coming out of a wheel chair is your Franchise QB

Great Freakin work by Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland! ha, ha, ha!

Hey ask Ireland if he ever heard of Tim Tebow the SEc second most efficient passer ever and rushed for more TDs than Herschel Walker

Yeah 57 rushing TDs!

Well
We here at the Jets just signed Florida Tim Tebow the best player to ever come out of college for about a million more than you losers got wait for it, ....
35 year old broken back unemployed Garrard for!

ROTFALMAO!

Go Jets!

Go Tebow!

Enjoy the Jags washed up 2nd string scrub QB, just remember the losing Jags fired him as their freakin 2nd string back up before Garrard had a herniated disk in his back pop up and then operated on and THEN OUT FOR ANOTHER YEAR

Let me know how that works out for you stinky rotten fish team!

Ha
Ha
Ha!

You guys suck!

Geez! after reading the players and agents remarks I have to ask… Is there ANYONE who doesnt hate Irescum? LOL.

Rex Ryan we get it, we suck we know, but what good is being the third worst team in the division?

IT WOULD BE SO FUNNY TO SEE TEBOW AND THE JETS COME INTO THE PLAYOFFS AS A WILDCARD TEAM. THEN UPSETTING A HIGHER SEEDED PEYTON MANNING LED DENVER BRONCO TEAM.

THE PRESS WOULD NEVER LET ELWAY FORGET IT! LOL

oscar, Phibin was NOT the HC in GB. Just so you know.

Teebow is full of..gospel.

Clue, STOP TALKING TO THE HOMELY HOMER, HOME!

jets are horrible right along with us.

Dolphins Protest of Terrible Management

3/29/12

Right in front of GM Jeff Ireland's office

Help Save The Miami Dolphins from continuing to be the laughing stock of EVERY newspaper, media outlet, ESPN, NFL Network and anyone with NFL football knowledge

The Dolphins Suck

PERIOD

Only U Can Make A Difference!

3/29/12

Dolphin Training Facility in Davie, Florida

Right across from GM Jeff Ireland's office


Be there OR FIND A NEW NFL TEAM TO SUPPORT!

JETS, BILLS & PATRIOTS ALL BETTER AND WILL WELCOME U!

Rex Ryan, now be a good boy and get another black boy to suck on your wife's toes while you beat your meat.

Oscar,

Were you aware that translated into english gospel means:

"GOOD NEWS"

Basically you just posted: "Tim Tebow is full of good news! LOL

Occupy Davie, I mean Homely Homer Home, I mean Troll, I mean Gnome, do the human race a favor - DIE!

Armando, get this clown out of here. I know he charges little, but if you don't, you are bound to lose The Miami Herald's blog.

Jesus preached the gos-pel. Jesus preached the "good news". LOL

Trade down a few spots in Rd 1 and grab Floyd. Then in Rd 2 go after Cousins or Weeden (as Garrard has a 1 year deal, he could battle it out with Moore next year).

Posted by: Arturo

Who is going to want to trade up to #8 though? No one. There is very little value after #6. There are 6 great players and Miami is drafting #8!

STOP TALKING TO HOME AKA REX AKA OCCUPY...

Just let him talk! Some of you are as dumb as him to keep feeding his ego!

Lets be honest. We cant compete with the Jets. Bills maybe,

Rex Ryan = Home the assshole.

occupy davie = Home the assshole.

I also have fetish for feet, anyone ever had a feet job? Tt feels pretty good.

Yes, he will convert many People in NY, from the bench, mostly.

Looks like Homely, Homer, Gnome, Troll Home woke up from his wet dream.

Dreaming about women to him is what he calls a night terror.

Looks like Home woke up from his nap or four hour massturbating session and returned as Rex Ryan.

Hey Rex, suck my toe!

Cellar fins,

There's worse news. Not only did the Bills sign Mario Williams. They signed Mark Anderson. Anderson had 10 sacks with the Pats last season.

Just thought I would let you know since you said we'll be competiting with them. LOL

oscar, I wasn't pissed at all about what you wrote. I was wondering aloud (if the Bush story is true) what the heck Ireland and the Coaching staff are doing. It was meant to be a cynical statement (towards the team, not you).

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