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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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A foot job isnt so bad, your girl of course have to have soft nice feet. Put some oil or butter on the feet and relaz make sure the girl feet are soft and gentle. Trust me it feels good.

Seems the Bills get it. Better be able to get to qb with Tom Brady in the division. The Pats are gonna beat no one trying to rush for 200yds a game.

Former pic of all Super Bowl Winning players that were X-Dolphins wearing Patriots uniforms and giving the Dolphins the finger still available on the internet

About 8 X-Dolphins smart enough to join the Pats ALL wearing Super bowl rings and giving Miami Dolphins the finger

PRICELESS

Soon it will be Tony Sparano with a Jets Super Bowl ring giving your Miami Dolphin GM (that u either supported or did nothing about) the finger

and that big phat Jets Super Bowl ring shining brightly with Super Bowl MVP QB Tim Tebow smiling proudly

wonder where Dolphins GM Ireland (the GM u endorsed and or did nothing about) and his franchise QB 35 yr old injured washed up losing Garrard will be at?

DC,

Oscar's a "wetback". He finally took a shower. He was so impressed with himself he's yet to dry off!

Oscar,

Im a wetback too. I enjoy taking showers everyday! LOL

I would keep high paid pro bowlers over high paid non pro bowlers.

BELL...6 INTS in 8 years.

We might just let you go by, Home, but only if you provide some adult humor, like Dr. Benjamin Gland, the guy that said you would like to sukk on Tebow's virgin jewels, etc.

What good is Long if we've never won a superbowl with him? Dude is about 3/7ths through his shelf life.

You F***ing Morons have been trained by Armando and the rest of these knee jerk idiots in the media to believe anything...

When it is all said and done, the media, those of you who have danced to their tune are responsible for all of the Facebook hacks, fake twitter accounts announcing bogus trades and men like Joe Philbin and his great family being treated like crao because you take this crap waaayyyyy to seriously.

Ive had season tickets to this team since 1970 and am not EVER giving them up... What some of you have done is allow our own business to be aired in National news and acted like morons for NOTHING.

What looks more stupid...?

A Team that follows what it feels to be right...?

or 30 Morons in Team colors protecting like friggin tree hugging Liberal Idiots on the side of the road...?

I cannot wait to see if your all wrong... let this team put up a 9-7 or 10-6 and you will all look like a bunch of idiots... wait... Not look.... YOU WILL BE... a bunch of friggin idiots...

The key to the foot job is not letting the toes clamp on the head. Once the toe nails hit the head of the Johnson it kind of hurts, so tell the girl to go slow

JackSparrow,

Before Bell was cut. I had already posted we needed to renogiate or cut every player on the roster making $4 million a year more and wasn a pro bowler.

Then a weeek later Bell was cut($4.3 million a year. Seriously, I wonder if Jeff Ireland was here and read what I had posted. Probably not, but still.... LOL

we can easily compete with the jets. offense will be horrible. defense is old and fragile, coach is a retard and tebow is garbage

bell was old and needed to go unless he takes a paycut

Bottom line is Gm Ireland picked:

34 yr old fired 2nd stringer on a losing team, injured the following year and sitting on his couch for another year returns to become Gm Irelands & Miami's Franchise QB for about 1 1/2 million less than

24 yr old 240 lb healthy beast and perennial winner at every level and AFC winner Tim Tebow who broke all kinds of winning records after taking charge of a 1-4 team in mid season with only 1 good WR and a defense that lost 4 out of the last 5 games with poor play

because Ireland is a genius and did what was best for the Miami Dolphins franchise

R U PHUCKING KIDDING HOME!

Dolphin Fan GM Protest on 3/29/12 @ Miami Dolphin Training Facility

At the same time, that trade for Reggie you proposed,DC, is not a bad idea at all, no siree.

Just In:

Upon signing his new Dolphins contract, Paul Solia purchase 100 acre pineapple farm and hasnt been seen nor heard from since.

But there have been reports of freshly split opened pineapple scent for hundreds of miles away from Soliai's newly acquired pineapple farm.

Dolphins 4-12

GM Ireland sucks and has lost his mind and completely ruined the team and fan base

Only an AZZZ would actually this fragmented team and a bunch of joke nobody like Philbin never even calling one play just a stone statue without a speaking part on game day in Green Bay or losing coaches like Sherman that just got fired for sucking in Texas A&M could beat the newly improved Pats, Jets or Bills
while the Dolphins just lost their best player on offense and best player on defense on a freakin 6-10 team

R U PHUCKING KIDDING HOME !!!

The Dolphins are the laughing stock of the NFL from EVERY SINGLE SOURCE TODAY!

The Dolphins SUCK!

PERIOD

Ok, we already no longer have much of passing attack left. So let get rid of the only rb on the team capable of ripping off a 70yd td on any given play(BUSH).

Geesh, some of you guys should be given the Einstien Award at your next shrink session. LOL

I mean, regarding Tebow's release, who are we to believe was correct, you fukkers insisting that Tebow is a good QB, or John Elway, who got rid of him?

Long is hurt because like lots of other NFL players are forced to play through horrific injuries because with the salary cap and 53 man roster and the rest of the dumb crap the NFL and the union set up a lot of players play injured when they really shouldnt1 Yes I know the fing diff btw hurt and injured1 By the way Jerry did a decent job playing when Long went out. Mando stick to reporting maybe something positive even you would suck at GM like most of these posters!

Obama needs to join the protest of racist GM Jeff Ireland for ruining a once proud American Gem of a football team

This a travesty in America

See ya @ the Dolphins GM Protest 3.29.12 in Davie , Fl

Show your support, Be strong!


The Dolphins Suck

PERIOD

Oscar,

Youre being a little stinker again. Time for another shower. Wet back is good, then towel blot dry my friend! LOL

Channing Crowder will be speaking on a megaphone and WQAM is now committing to a full catering of the first 50 large pizzas as well as bottled water and Gator-aid

We can save the Miami Dolphins together 3.29.12 across from GM Jeff Ireland's office

See ya there!

Oscar,

Im going to have a shower myself within the next 30 minutes. Just hope I dont find you in my shower. Dont want to have to start going with soap on the rope! LOL

So all these crappy moves were done exclusively by Ireland? Sparano,Parcells had no say in any picks or free agent signings? HMMMMMMMM Go Joe! Go Phins all you nasty naysayers can go root for the stinkn Jets who by the way didnt and havnt won crap for 40 yrs!!!

The Miami Dolphins are Done!

Dolphins 4-12

GM Ireland sucks and has lost his mind and completely ruined the team and fan base

Only an AZZZ would actually this fragmented team and a bunch of joke nobody like Philbin never even calling one play just a stone statue without a speaking part on game day in Green Bay or losing coaches like Sherman that just got fired for sucking in Texas A&M could beat the newly improved Pats, Jets or Bills
while the Dolphins just lost their best player on offense and best player on defense on a freakin 6-10 team

R U PHUCKING KIDDING HOME !!!

The Dolphins are the laughing stock of the NFL from EVERY SINGLE SOURCE TODAY!

The Dolphins SUCK!

PERIOD

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/

Occupy Davey,

Are they willing giving away free pizza at the rally?

If so, I'll stop by and get my free pizza to go! LOL

all of u guys are wet backs

really

Timmy Couch,

You dirty toe sucker you! LOL

That's it. I'll let you rest now, Armando. Have to prepare my Moros con chicharrones.

Timmy Couch,

Could you elaborate on the nutritional values of elevated foot fungus?

Oscar,

Can I stop by for some "Moros con chicharrones"?

Yes it is not a joke

Free pizza

check w WQAM to confirm "Goldie" made the commitment live on the air yesterday and today many times over.

the rally is real and in every paper

2 days ago was a smaller amount of passionate fans

Now we are ALL coming out

we r sick of this idiot GM Ireland and NO good players will now sign here.

NONE

Show your support and lets fix this pathetic Miami Dolphin team

3.29.12

Why not have Long buy the Dolphins and we'll use Ross at OT...

CarolCityCane,

I much rather use ross as a tackling dummy. Also, isnt Carol City now the new "Miami Gardens"?

Certainly not, I can't cook with my asss to the stove.

Oscar,

Good one buddy. ROTFLMAO!

His real name is Timmy Cox because that's what he sux.

Oscar,

Guess we're even. I dont want to meet you in my shower for fear I'll have to start buying soap on the rope.

You dont want me over at your place while cooking dinner because you cant coo with your asss to the stove! LOL

Oscar,

Did we ever do jail time together? LOL

Im out, have a good day guys!

Long will sign a deal similar to Thomas` . The Dolphins if they are honest have a ton of leverage. Simply put the Dolphins have to let Big Jake know that they`ll Franchise him for two consecutive seasons. adding that up equals a payment of about 12 million per average. The money won`t be the problem to the team or Long but the security is not there for Long. He`d be stupid not to sign a 7 year 90 million deal with the biggest money coming in year 7 probably 15 million ,when he really can expect to be cut,. He`ll demand and receive a large signing bonus of 20 mill and a guarantee of 40 but this is business,
So to surmise he`ll get a contract that is 7 yrs and 90 million which is really 6 and 75 including his 20 million signing bonus. The cap hit on the team when they cut him after year 6 is just under 3 million. Jake Sign Now.

Put that coffee down!!!!

Coffee is for closers!!!

This kind of a draft could save face offensively.

1st Michael Floyd WR
2nd Brandon Weeden QB
3rd Marvin McNutt WR (Ken O'Keefe is receiver coach/X-Iowa OC)
4th LaDarius Green TE
5th DE
6th Safety
7th LB

Here I am. I work for a living.

As far as long goes, if you joint in your body and still play without fixing the injury you will hurt something else, ankle, then shoulder then back. Because you will naturally try to compensate for the first injury.

Tony Sparano is a tool for allowing his franchise left tackly play when there was nothing to play for. Obviously the tool Sparano thought that by drafting at number 12 he would do better than drafting at 8. there are 2 ways at looking at playing to win. If you can't win today, you take all of your guns and go home until you have a better chance at winning. You leave all of your pawns on the field to get the crap kicked out of them, then you go get a better guy. (like drafting number one or two) But you see tony was always a closet jets fan with nice feet and that is why Sexy Rexy hired him. The ultimate Sycophant, tony Sparano.

Long is a winner, I am not sure why everyone is bashing him, BUT I will say I would rather have 5 above average O-lineman making 5 million each, with average back-ups then have a line where you have one great guy(long) making 12 mill, one good guy (pouncey)and 3 overrated guys (Columbo, Carey, and incognito) to go along with below average back ups. The well balanced line is always better. It is far more important for all 5 guys to play good than 4 do real good and one guy stink. No matter how well 3-4 guys do on the oline, one guy messing up and the play is a disiaster............. In all I would trade Long, if I could get a first round pick and a couple other picks.

Greth,

I like the picks but i got the feeling that unless it's Blackmon or Tannehill who may both be gone by the 8th pick.

The 1st pick will likely be a DE.

Now fans want to dump Jake Long???? I will just never get why so many are hell bent on getting rid of every good player we have.

We may as well get rid of Bush, Dansby, Pouncey, Vontae,Starks,Bess and Wake too.

This way we can guarantee we'll be able to piss and moan about how much we suck for the next 5 or 10 years too.

Occupy Davie. Do you understand the idea of an offensive scheme? Tebow most likely couldn't run the offense that Coach is installing. The west coast scheme is all about timing and rhythm. Yes. Tebow would do great in the bootleg but know team would fear his arm.

Might as well trade anyone with value, long, wake, davis, bush, and start over we are not going anywhere this year anyways, after that we should get rid of ireland, or of course get rid of him first but I think it will take ross one more year of losing before he wakes up, so yeah I would be okay with trading long, the way ireland runs the dolphins he tries to get everyone cheap except for a few players he has paid but for the most part he is always trying to get someone else's backup to start for us HOW HAS THAT WORKED OUT JEFF!!!

FIRE IRELAND FAST PLEASE

Well, Mando, all this makes sense providing Ireland is as smart as expected and I dought the latter. They'll probably wait, wait, wait till next, next yr when Long is walking out the door and low ball him. Thats what Ireland does. Irelands a GM like im a space shuttle captain. See what I mean ?
Drew Stanton is wanting out of NY. Theyll probably release him, but would Ireland sign him,,,no way, hes got Garrard, who is nothing, will be nothing. Stanton is a very good QB is the reason the JEts sign him,,,Once an idiot always an idiot,,,,,,,,,,

No point in keeping long....miami is in serious rebuild mode and he will be broken down when they are finally competetive. Trade him for as many draft pics as possi le and get his 12 million off the books

I am not sure we need those Megatrons receivers in this GB offense we are supposedly going to run.(yeah, let's call it that)(for now). Somebodies like Hartline, for instance.

I don't agree with those who think Long is broken down. If he was they'd move him before the draft.

I'd like the first 2 picks to be TE and Reiff. With a really good tight end to compliment Fasano, Bess Hartline and Clay, we can do what NE does, and we still have Gates to stretch the field. With Reiff, that will give us a top five oline for years to come.

We have a brand new offensive minded coach. It makes sense to throw him a bone and draft offense with the #1 pick.

Occupy Davie you and those 29 idiots are going to waste your time protesting again? Thanks for telling us when and where. Better bring some rain gear and a shield because I'm going to have a blast that day driving by and hurling everything imaginable at you idiots. I'm telling all of my friends who hate the fins as well. I'm sure they would love to pelt dolphins fans with milk shakes. Hear that everyone? 3/29/12 is the day! If you're sick of these trailer park trash losers making the entire fan base look like jerkovvs join me and my friends on march 29. Either drive by and throw garbage at them or stand across the street with me and protest their protest in the name of sanity. It's going to be a great day, byob. See you then. I'll be back every day to remind everyone.

Yup, that makes sense.

This guy from Bleacher report has published a mock draft consisting of Players nobody has heard about. That's probably what Ireland is going to follow.

This kind of a draft could save face offensively.

1st Michael Floyd WR
2nd Brandon Weeden QB
3rd Marvin McNutt WR (Ken O'Keefe is receiver coach/X-Iowa OC)
4th LaDarius Green TE
5th DE
6th Safety
7th LB

Posted by: greth | March 22, 2012 at 06:04 PM
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IDK, I think it might be worth drafting OL at #8. Your draft is predicated on this team being good right away. Its not good right away. However, I think beefing up that OL (Long backup contingency plan) is a better option at this stage of the game.

Trust me, if Long doesn't sign a long term deal he will be gone next year. Probably the top OL in free agency. Unless they franchise him. I suspect he would sit out if they franchise him knowing he can make more on the open market. This new CBA doesn't fair well with free agents.

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