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Jake Long: Return up to the Dolphins

Jake Long's wife Jackie has been tweeting about the couple's desire to find out where they're going to be living in the coming years because they want to find out where the offensive tackle is going to be playing.

Yes, they want to stay in South Florida and Long wants to play for the Dolphins.

But they also want to get paid.

And so Long believes it is up to the Dolphins to come through. At least that's what he's saying in a phone interview with the NFL Network's Linday Rhodes.

"I'd be open to continue my career there, but it's essentially on them, see what they want to do and what direction they want to head in and go from there," Long said in the interview that will air on Total Access Tuesday evening. "That's the business side of it so we'll see what they want to do."

Obviously, the idea of Long returning to the Dolphins isn't totally on the Dolphins. The club wants Long to return. Long wants to return.

But Long wants to be paid a salary akin to the highest left tackle in football or close to it -- a status he's enjoyed most of his career. The Dolphins are not there right now. They see a player who's been injured each of the last two years and who is no longer as athletic as he was before. They are somewhat concerned he has started to break down and want to protect themselves.

The club has made Long multiple offers but no deal. I'm not getting the idea Long's side is really budging all that much, sensing it has leverage.

And so, barring a meeting of minds the next few weeks, it really is on the free agent market to determine Long's worth. The Dolphins don't love that, but will live with it. Long, meanwhile, is fine with that approach despite his recent performance and injury history.

"I'm not concerned," he said. "The last couple of years I've had some injuries I've had to work through, it hasn't been the ideal situation, but I've been working hard this offseason to get healthy and get strong. And this is the best my body has felt in a long time and I'm just excited to get a deal done and focus on football and get back to work for 2013."

For the record, Long said the same thing last year during training camp. And then he finished the year on injured reserve for the second consecutive year.

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I agree Marc let the youth movement begin and the progress stoppers walk. We have too many mediocre inconsistent player FA's that want to be paid elite player money. We are never going to know what these young players like Miller can do until they get on the field as starters.

Remember the team we must overtake is the Boston patriots , that means scoring tons of touchdown and creating turnovers ,until we do that it does not matter and philbin know it

This blog is so nice without the trolls

Longs injury tells you a lot about his skills. He was drafted for his run blocking ability and not for the pass rush. He gets beaten on the pass rush when the DE get wide to pressure the QB and in trying to stop the QB pressure he has injured his "LEFT" tricep. He has incognito on his right to help him on the inside but is alone on the outside rush. With the WCO passing game he would be a liability and not an asset. Let him walk.

As early as Today. Omar reporting Wallace is our top WR target.

Interesting cut in TE Kevin Boss. Didn't do much in KC but Cassel sucks rocks. he was a good TE in NY but Eli makes everyone look like a good TE. Worth a look?

Ok if our goal is to take down the Patriots the best way to do that is putting consistent pressure on Brady. After we get some offensive weapons we need to get a pass rushing DE and move Odrick inside.

There is a female place kicker at the combine this year

Brady must get soiled no doubt about it

marc is it YG?

he always struck me as a female place kicker.

Many things will be clarified at the Combine. Others, not so much.

Long wants to be among the highest paid OT's. So I think that's 9-11mil/yr. Jets have Revis, who want to be THE highest paid CB (15mil/yr). Both are blue chip players coming off injuries. This will become the issue in the NFL in upcoming years. When the disparity between rookies and vets is so great, how good does a player need to be to retain at that high cost? Is an OL worth it? A CB? Any position besides QB? I'm interested to find out how teams answer these intriguing questions. And does that limit great talent (do they underperform because they are not happy with their contracts)?

The Jets put a poison pill in Revis' contract that extends the years if he sits out the final year (2013). Very wise. Now he MUST play to become a UFA after next Season, and he'll want to play well so a team will pay him what he wants. At least that keeps the player honest through the life of the contract. Ireland (I know he will) should employ similar tactics.

I remember Bob Hayes, the Human Bullet, first to break 10s in the 100m dash. Also, what a Football Player!Tough as nails, great hads and underutilized by the Cowboys. Greatest Physical WR talent in the History of the NFL.

It's going to be a Fun week+. Later.

oscar, keep us posted on here
let us kno who gotz the swival hips and punch.
lol

Gee that guy kicking the ball has boobs

Nice butt numer 5

If they care about Tannehill and care about winning they better pay Jake Long. Its not like they dont have plenty of cap space.

Tony, they have plenty of CAP space, and plenty of holes. It's a question of guaranteed money. If Long ends up on IR again, and fades even further, and we're in to him for 20mil guaranteed, what do you think that will do to our future? Also, if they plan to bring in one of the top 3 WRs in FA (which has been reported) that will cost. Add our own FAs we plan to keep, and you start to see that CAP space dwindling.

This is all about keeping Long at the RIGHT price. And right now, Miami's idea of that is WAY lower than Jake's.

We will not miss jake long , way to overrated

I would rather have a kicker with boobs than jake long at this point

"Multiple sources" tell the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Mike Wallace is the Dolphins' "top target" in free agency.
The Sun-Sentinel very rarely breaks legitimate Dolphins news, but there has been enough previous smoke behind GM Jeff Ireland's intended Wallace pursuit that this story is believable. The Miami Herald's Armando Salguero wrote less than a week ago that he expects Wallace to be the Dolphins' No. 1 free-agent target. The Sun-Sentinel suggests Wallace will command roughly $60 million over five years. The Dolphins certainly have enough cap space to afford it.
Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel"
Feb 20 - 8:03 AM

And around & around we go...FA can't get here fast enough. All I know is that IF we re-sign Long &/or Smith I'm going to hate Ireland even more. And the same can be said if Ireland doesn't re-sign Hartline & get either Walllace or Jennings. Forget Bowe.

Jake has been a bust.

Cut And Paste For A Later Day.
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Jake Will Be Back!!

"Tony, they have plenty of CAP space, and plenty of holes. It's a question of guaranteed money. If Long ends up on IR again, and fades even further, and we're in to him for 20mil guaranteed, what do you think that will do to our future? Also, if they plan to bring in one of the top 3 WRs in FA (which has been reported) that will cost. Add our own FAs we plan to keep, and you start to see that CAP space dwindling.

This is all about keeping Long at the RIGHT price. And right now, Miami's idea of that is WAY lower than Jake's."

DC,

Mando has reported that there have been 'multiple offers' from us to keep Long so I believe unless we pay him top LT money--he's gone. It doesn't sound like Long is willing to take a pay cut to remain a Dolphin & his agent (Tom Condon) MUST be pretty confident that he can get his client top dollar from someone else.

Agents DEFINITELY talk to other teams around the league to price their clients before they are technically supposed to. How else do these deals get done so quickly right after FA starts??? The truth is that there are a bunch of teams like Philly, the Cardinals, the Bears, the Cowboys, etc. who have even worse O-lines than we do. And that's with Jonathan Martin at LT & Garner player RT.

"I would rather have a kicker with boobs than jake long at this point."

LOL@Marc. Absolutely!!!

What ablout this kid Tarvell Hardon from Kansas State. I know he's smallish but have you SEEN those 40 times he's reported to have had?!? INSANE. Mid-round guy for someone?

Mark,

On Kevin Boss...

I don't think so. Does help this team? Probably. But I think we'd both agree we need an athletic TE for the postion and that's not Boss. He's a decent red zone guy but I think he just plugs a hole. I'd rather one of the kids in the draft or if not, maybe Finley becomes avaialble. Sounds like Fred Davis might be out there too, if we want to take a chance on a guy off an injury. I'd prefer either of those guys and yes I know they'll cost a lot more.

"Jake has been a bust."

Felix,

That's not accurate. True 'busts' are guys that just couldn't make in the NFL b/c they were either terrible players or they had no heart. In Jake's first three seasons he was one of the ELITE LT's in football. Unfortunately his injuries have affected his play. That's not Jake's fault or our fault for drafting him. Injuries are a part of the game. Jake was the highest rated prospect in that draft & had the skill set to be a potential HOF LT. I can assure anyone & everyone that Matt Ryan does not.

With all that said--it's simply time to move on. We simply can't count on Long to be the player he was when we drafted him. Way too much money for that much risk.

"What ablout this kid Tarvell Hardon from Kansas State. I know he's smallish but have you SEEN those 40 times he's reported to have had?!? INSANE. Mid-round guy for someone?"

Jim,

Ireland doesn't take smaller players. The WR from WVU is exciting too. Don't see it happening.

Jake Longs Franchise Tag Is $13 Million!! Not $15!!!

Not A Big Difference But Still A Difference!

Overpaying Jake For 1 Year! TO MAKE SURE!! WHAT HE IS!!

Is Not A Bad Idea At The End Of The Day!

Plus, Jake Being 1 Year Older! Will Make His Next Contract 1 Yr Shorter!

For The First Time In A Long Time! Jake Might Finally Be Healthy! And We Are Going To Let Him Walk For NOTHING!!

Nah, If Jake Is Worth $15 Mil To The Colts, Bears, or The Packers! Then He Can Also Be Worth At Least 1- First Round Pick! To Them!!

Franchise Jake!! Do The Smart Thing!

Either That OR Make Him Resign His Rookie Contract!

A one year $13M tag actually sounds like a good idea. If you can't fill a couple of your other holes with $31M, then you are a shite GM.

Why aren't there more Chinese players in the NFL!

I THINK WE WILL BE OK WITH A LT WORTH LESS.

HE WANTS MONEY BASED ON HIS NAME AND NOT HIS PRODUCTION.

I WOULD LIKE FOR HIM TO STAY AND I DON't EVEN CARE IF HE IS THE TOP PAID LT.

BUT NOT IF HE's NOT PLAYING LIKE THE BEST LT.

IT's NOT ON THE TEAM JAKE IT's ON YOU.

IF HE's ABLE TO GET THAT TYPE OF MONEY THEN GO GET IT.

THE MONEY HE WANTS CAN BE USED FOR 2 OR 3 PLAYERS.

WE CAN't WASTE MONEY NOW BEING WE GOT SO MUCH TO USE AND STILL A LONG (PUN) WAY TO GO.

let him go.... too much money for too little production.

Jake Is Still A Top 3 LT When HEALTHY!

Mike Wallace Has/Will Never Be A Top 3 WR! Maybe A Top 5! Probably A Top 10!

That is The Difference.

That Is 1 Of the Reasons Why Jake Is Worth $11 Mil On A Long Term Deal!(Jake's Rookie Deal 5yr/$57.75)

Or $13 Mil With The Franchise Tag!

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Now Would I Pay Wallace $10 Mil!! Instead Of S.Smith!!

HELL YEAH!!!

IN A INSTANT!!

Jake $13 Mil!(Franchise)

Wallace $10 Mil!!

Leaves The Fins With Over $23 Mil In Cap TO SIGN OTHER NEEDS!!

MAKES SENSE TO DASHI!!

We will resign jake when pigs fly,he's gone fellas

From nfl.com.after last years injury.
"The injury concludes perhaps the worst season of Long's career. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Long is ranked 47th out 75 tackles this season. By comparison, Long was ranked 21st in 2011, second in 2010 and second again in 2009."
Great place to be. Pay scale goes up while performance goes down. Looks like corporate USA. We the fans pay top dollar for tickets and concessions and get nothing in return. Screw the consumers.

Forget about it the guy can't play at a high level any longer he's on the decline

Pay for touchdowns sign Wallace and move on

We need structure in our pay scale long and Starks will move on

I don't think any team will pay Sean Smith $10M, and I'm a fan of his. I think his best move would be to sign for 5-6M on a one or two year deal and continue what he started to show at times last year - put a complete season together - then you will see someone pay him $10M a year over 4-5 years.

Dolphins Need To RESIGN! Jake, Starks, and Clemons!

The Only Priorities!

In Free Agency!! Mike Wallace Is The #1, #2, #3 Priority For The Fins!

Starks And Clemons! Keeps A Top 10 Defense Intact!! And Will Only Cost The Fins About $9-10 Mil!

Jake Just For Insurance Purpose Is Worth The Franchise Tag At Least!

Wallace Is A HUGE NEED!! The Fins Need A DEEP THREAT!!

SCREW A #1!! Philbin Has Always Stated!! His Offense Isn't Predicated On It!!

But The Fins Need A CONSISTENT DEEP THREAT!!

The Replaceable! Bush, Hartline, Fasano, and The Other Scrubs Can Be Replaced Thru The Draft!!

1- BPA (WR,OG,CB,MLB,OLB)
2- TE OR BPA
2- RB
3- BPA On Defense(LB,DE or DT If Starks Is Not Resign)
3- BPA On Offense(WR,TE,OG)
4- BPA(And Even Take A Chance On a PROJECT QB! If The Value IS There!!)

Dashi, we do not need to resign Starks for any reason. The draft is loaded with monster DT's that can come off the edge and be a perfect compliment for Wake.

On Wr's!

Wallace Is #1 Priority!

But!

That Doesn't Mean If C.Patterson Runs A 4.3 Or a Low 4.4! that We Shouldn't Try and Draft Him At #12! Or If K.Allen Runs A 4.4!!

We Need At LEAST 2 NEW IMPACT WR's!! WALLACE AND A ROOKIE!!

Dashi, if the combine shows that Patterson is indeed a unique and special talent then you take him at 12 regardless of his college inexperience. He can always learn at the NFL level. You can't teach God given talent.

And also agree with Bobby, you don't sign Starks. We already have his replacement on board. Vernon at worst starts at DE. You give Starks money to hartline and still have some left over.

Wallace, hartline, Bess, Patterson (if he wows physically as expected) sets up the Dolphins for years.

Let's make this real simple.

The team knows exactly how much they're willing to pay Long, including any 'protection clauses' related to injury and/or production. It's not as if they're sitting around scratching their heads about this or gleaning valuable advice from a newspaper blog.

And Long and his agent know exactly what THEY are seeking as well. Neither party is doing their job if they don't at least TRY to secure the best deal. You would, too.

If it's not out there, Jake returns on Miami's terms. If it is, he leaves.

Not rocket science, folks.

"Dashi, if the combine shows that Patterson is indeed a unique and special talent then you take him at 12 regardless of his college inexperience. He can always learn at the NFL level. You can't teach God given talent.

And also agree with Bobby, you don't sign Starks. We already have his replacement on board. Vernon at worst starts at DE. You give Starks money to hartline and still have some left over.

Wallace, hartline, Bess, Patterson (if he wows physically as expected) sets up the Dolphins for years."

Mark,

The combine is going to show Patterson to be an athletic freak. The problem is that there isn't a lot of tape of him playing in college & he only had 46 catches this year. He's an even riskier pick than Tedd Ginn was. But let's get back to reality--based on Ireland's criteria for taking a player there's NO WAY he takes this kid.

If Starks leaves we can take a top tier DT to take his spot & if Long leaves there are four highly rated LT prospects in this draft with Joekel, Fisher, Lane, & Fluker. Fisher is my favorite prospect in this entire draft. The top prospects at OLine & DT are higher rated than the WR's. This is not A.J. Green or Justin Blackmon we're talking about.

BTW--We've never seen Odrick play DT so personally I'd like to keep him at DE for now & have him compete with Vernon.

"On Wr's!

Wallace Is #1 Priority!

But!

That Doesn't Mean If C.Patterson Runs A 4.3 Or a Low 4.4! that We Shouldn't Try and Draft Him At #12! Or If K.Allen Runs A 4.4!!

We Need At LEAST 2 NEW IMPACT WR's!! WALLACE AND A ROOKIE"

Dashi,

Forget Patterson. It's not happening.

I don't think any team will pay Sean Smith $10M, and I'm a fan of his. I think his best move would be to sign for 5-6M on a one or two year deal and continue what he started to show at times last year - put a complete season together - then you will see someone pay him $10M a year over 4-5 years.

Mark,

You never know in FA & this draft does not have a lot of highly rated CB's. Last year Laurent Robinson got a big deal b/c teams tend to panic when they have BIG needs to fill.

Bored at work today, looked at these TEs coming out on Craig's advice. I have to admit I'm not crazy about the top two guys based on their skill sets (Ertz and Eifert). I'm more fond at what kelce, Gavin Escobar, and Jordan Reed bring to the table. These guys are much more dynamic where the top two more closely resemble a young Fasano.

We Need Playmakers,

I enjoy your posts but would it be ok if I referred to you as 'Janet?'

I know you're a guy and all that, but it's fun for me to imagine you as a housewife in Westport, Connecticut wearing capri pants and preparing delicious, wholesome meals in your elegantly appointed kitchen.

Anyway, good stuff.

WNP, a lot of interesting points.

First, re: Patterson. ireland admitted to going off the script a little last year by rolling the dice on Tannehill. He may have a little more comfort doing that again now since Tannehill exceeded expectations year one. In addition, if Patterson is the athletic freak he is suspected to be then you have to take him. last time in this part fo the draft when there was an athletic freak available with little experience it was JPP. Guys with all the tape and the physical attributes don't hang around until #12. he'd be the clear #1 in this draft. At times, you have to roll the dice and if you are going to roll the dice, do it with someone freakishly talented. it's not like he didn't play in college, he played some at a big school against tough defenses and held his own. not like we are asking him to be a #1 WR or even start year one. If he shows you something, do it. What's the worst that can happen??? Risk/reward says at #12 when that guy won't cost you a lot of dough, shoot for the stars. get your solid starters in round 2.

"Let's make this real simple.

The team knows exactly how much they're willing to pay Long, including any 'protection clauses' related to injury and/or production. It's not as if they're sitting around scratching their heads about this or gleaning valuable advice from a newspaper blog.

And Long and his agent know exactly what THEY are seeking as well. Neither party is doing their job if they don't at least TRY to secure the best deal. You would, too.

If it's not out there, Jake returns on Miami's terms. If it is, he leaves.

Not rocket science, folks."

TJ,

You're correct but I say f#ck him. He's not worth half what he's asking for. If we're not sold on Jonathan Martin than use the pick @ 12 & take Lane or Fluker since Joekel & Fisher will be gone.

BTW--Barring injury, I believe Fisher will be the next great LT. This is a strong draft for O-lineman & DT's. Take one & use the other pick to address WR, TE, CB, etc.

Dashi....

You and I coudn't be further apart on building ing a football team....

I'm with you on Wallace....but not much else.....

WNP, regarding Odrick at DT, we saw him play DE in a 3-4. Sure not the same as DT in a 4-3 but with a bear like SOliai beside you, it's not that much of a stretch. I think Odrick can be dynamic inside. Also Odrick lined up inside on passing downs near the end of last year. I think he shifts inside and you pocket the $8m from Starks and you also save the high draft pick. Odrick played there in college too. He will be more than fine.

Vernon I think will make a step next year along with the other two young guys in Miller and Tannehill. last year's draft will prove to be a great one for this franchise ... or at least I hope it will.

I also franchise jake and save another high pick this year. My free agent dollars are being spent on Long, Wallace, hartline, and Clemons (only because he's cheap and has NFL experience - perhaps try to find a successor in round 2 or 3 - the only position YOU NEED to draft for is TE - first pick of round two - take the best one)

AND finally WNP, #3, you're right, never can predict what will happen in free agency - someone may pay crazy money for Sean Smith - you never know. Perhaps in time, it will be shown that picking up Dimitri Patterson at $4.5M to be a shrewd, shrewd move.

I agree Marc let the youth movement begin and the progress stoppers walk. We have too many mediocre inconsistent player FA's that want to be paid elite player money. We are never going to know what these young players like Miller can do until they get on the field as starters

Dadsmithwest,

Exactly!!! I said a couple of days ago it's time to get rid of the dead weight. Signing guys like Bush or Long or Smith for even half of what they're asking for does not improve this team. Bush was inconsistent, Long did not do a great job protecting Tannehill, & Smith let up more combined first downs & TD's than any other CB in football.

WNP, sorry to post to you again, but you're making some thought provoking points, I personally don't want the team picking an OT or DT high in this draft ... some on man, is this an annual tradition in Miami - to go linemen the whole way? At some point you overpay for one dude (like Long on a tag) or trust your past drafts (Odrick), and move on to other areas of your team. BREAK THE CYCLE!!!

"WNP, regarding Odrick at DT, we saw him play DE in a 3-4. Sure not the same as DT in a 4-3 but with a bear like SOliai beside you, it's not that much of a stretch. I think Odrick can be dynamic inside. Also Odrick lined up inside on passing downs near the end of last year. I think he shifts inside and you pocket the $8m from Starks and you also save the high draft pick. Odrick played there in college too. He will be more than fine.

Vernon I think will make a step next year along with the other two young guys in Miller and Tannehill. last year's draft will prove to be a great one for this franchise ... or at least I hope it will.

I also franchise jake and save another high pick this year. My free agent dollars are being spent on Long, Wallace, hartline, and Clemons (only because he's cheap and has NFL experience - perhaps try to find a successor in round 2 or 3 - the only position YOU NEED to draft for is TE - first pick of round two - take the best one)"

We DESPERATELY need a TE & I think Ertz is perfect but not @ 12. Maybe Ireland trades back into the first to get Ertz or Eifert b/c I don't see either guy slipping to us in the 2nd.

Maybe you're right with Odrick. Maybe he can be a very good DT. I just haven't seen him play the position so I don't know.

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