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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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WNP, I know Ertz and Eifert are the big names at TE (mostly due to the schools they played at IMO) but look at the guys on the next level who will most certainly be there in round 2. Travis Kelce (Cincinnati), Jordan Reed (Florida), Gavin Escobar (SD State). Reed in particular is most often compared to Aaron hernandez. Some off the field issues but in adraft with so many picks - why not take a chance? I would also spend a mid round on Marcus Lattimore. I know he's all busted up but the guy had the good before his injury and from the 4th round on, most guys are turd juice anyway - at least take a guy with higher round talent like the Dolphins did with Vernon and Miller last year.

"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!!!"

Mark,

Look...It's a strange draft. This draft doesn't offer any ELITE QB or WR prospects & there's arguably only one ELITE CB's prospect.

If Long were the same player we drafted then we're not even having this conversation b/c Ireland & Dawn Aponte would be locking uop Long with the largest contract in NFL history for a Tackle. No doubt about it BUT he's not the same player--not last year & not the year before. Unfortunately injuries happen & things change. Why overspend & franchise Long when you get a younger, healthier, & cheaper prospect??? You take a guy like Patterson & you're throwing logic out the window. I like draft picks that have shown that they can produce on the field more than they can put up gaudy numbers at the combine. Right now people are falling in love with this kid's potential. That scares me at 12. At 25-30??? Not so much

Bear in mind the ONLY reason we took Tannehill was b/c Sherman knew this kid inside & out. If our OC was the Tennessee HC & he could vouch for this kid... Then that's a different story.

WNP, I know Ertz and Eifert are the big names at TE (mostly due to the schools they played at IMO) but look at the guys on the next level who will most certainly be there in round 2. Travis Kelce (Cincinnati), Jordan Reed (Florida), Gavin Escobar (SD State). Reed in particular is most often compared to Aaron hernandez. Some off the field issues but in adraft with so many picks - why not take a chance? I would also spend a mid round on Marcus Lattimore. I know he's all busted up but the guy had the good before his injury and from the 4th round on, most guys are turd juice anyway - at least take a guy with higher round talent like the Dolphins did with Vernon and Miller last year.

Mark,

Before the two knee injuries--Lattimore was the best RB in college football & it wasn't even close. I'd also take a flier on him b/c I'm thinking of Frank Gore. Obviously you need the doctors to sign off but clearly you're getting first round talent if he returns to form.

BTW--It doesn't hurt that Dr. Andrews who did the surgery will be talking to teams.

You know why I overpay on Long for one year on the tag and draft Patterson if he kills it at the combine and his pro day?

Because if you cut Jake loose and draft whoever at 12 - you aren't a better team. However, if you overpay and tag jake for one year, you hold the fort - add a dynamic player (which is by far the biggest need for this team) and you have plenty of money anyway - not like paying jake an extra few mill is going to make you weaker elsewhere. If there's a guy in free agency that you are sure will be cheaper and outplay Jake then by all means go get him - but I will be damned that at this point you blow the #12 pick on the third or fourth best OT in the draft. That just makes me want to pizz on an electric fence.
Try to do something special ... draft Cordarelle, or if Jarvis Jones falls to you then go get him and find a place for him on your defense. But drafting a middling LT with the #12 pick - BAH!!!

Craig M for Meathead,

INSTEAD OF TELLING OTHERS TO GET THEIR FACTS STRAIGHT, WHY DONT YOU?! PRACTICE WHAT YOU PREACH IDIOT!

STOP TALKING JIBBERISH ALL DAY LIKE YOU KNOW ANYTHING & READ!

SOME PEOPLE ARE TOO DUMB, OBLIVIOUS OR TOO SCARED TO CALL YOU OUT FOR YOUR BS BECAUSE YOU'LL JUST START LOITERING THE BLOG WITH YOUR CHILDISH RETORTS!

WALLACE DIDN'T TURN DOWN A 7 MIL A YEAR CONTRACT, HE TURNED DOWN A $5 YEAR 50 MIL, $10 MIL PER YEAR CONTRACT LAST YEAR!

EXPOSED ONCE AGAIN TO BE A KNOW NOTHING, LOUD MOUTHED JERK!

Personally what I think Miami should do is just sign Greg Jennings, Dominique Rodgers Cromartie & Matellus Bennett in FA. Dump Jake Long, Sean Smith, Reggie Bush in free Agency & Resign only Randy Starks, Brian Hartline & Chris Clemons. Then trade down later in the first round of the draft to pick up another 2nd or 3rd round pick & draft either CB Desmond Trufant or Johnthan Banks with the pick. Then Miami could spend the other 5 2nd & 3rd rounders fixing the OL & other positions. This draft is loaed with mid round talent, it just dosen’t have many can’t miss players other than 1st round OL.

WNP re: lattimore, I read something Andrews said about Lattimore in that he's twice as far ahead as he hoped the kid would be at this point. Not like we would be asking him to carry the ball 300 times a year. he may not even play this year but it's an oportunity to get somethign special at some point from a throw away draft pick. Fourth round on, I'm grabbing him as he becomes the insurance to Lamar Miller or a foil to Miller in 2013 or at worst 2014.

Rick, not sure DRC is a "Philbin" guy. He's kind of a diva.


If Ryan Clady's going to get $9.8 mil as a result of being franchised this year by the Broncos, then Long doesn't deserve more than that. Clady has played better than Long, as evidenced by Clady's Pro Bowl appearance this year.

Posted by: Craig M | February 19, 2013 at 10:01 PM

LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO LMAO

Just for you cupcake:

Question: WHO CARES?

Answer: No one cares about the probowl! Clady was an all pro. BIG DIFFERENCE!

BTW, just to prove how hypocritical you are, you & mark tried to make fun of me weeks ago for stating Clady was better than Long & Long shouldn't be resigned under any circumstance.

Now, Clady is better? All of a sudden? Just in the last few weeks you came to this realization? LOLOLOL

You can't make this stuff up! You're a hypocrit. How anyone can even take a shred of what you say seriously on this blog is laughable!

As evidenced by earlier in this blog with people ridiculing you to pieces!

Keep on "blogging" LOL

Franchise money for Long would kill the cap. More important is a #1 WR and a shutdown CB that I do not see being a rookie. That would be 13 mil for Long 10 mil for a WR and based on a Revis calibre CB about 10 to 12 Mil for a CB. We will be left with about 13 Mil in cap room. Not enough to address all the other requirements and resigning of our own FA's. If we do not resign Hartline then we are looking for another #2 WR. Bess is not the answer at #2. Along with the offensive needs we need to seriously up grade our D and that needs $$$$ too.

"You know why I overpay on Long for one year on the tag and draft Patterson if he kills it at the combine and his pro day?

Because if you cut Jake loose and draft whoever at 12 - you aren't a better team. However, if you overpay and tag jake for one year, you hold the fort - add a dynamic player (which is by far the biggest need for this team) and you have plenty of money anyway - not like paying jake an extra few mill is going to make you weaker elsewhere. If there's a guy in free agency that you are sure will be cheaper and outplay Jake then by all means go get him - but I will be damned that at this point you blow the #12 pick on the third or fourth best OT in the draft. That just makes me want to pizz on an electric fence.
Try to do something special ... draft Cordarelle, or if Jarvis Jones falls to you then go get him and find a place for him on your defense. But drafting a middling LT with the #12 pick - BAH!!!"

LOL@Mark. Interesting...No doubt all good points. But we ARE talking about the same GM right??? I gave him praise for having the b@lls to take Tannehill @ 8 who many thought was a year or two away BUT Patterson who is an unknown @ 12??? Wow!!! Talk about a SERIOUS change in philosophy. If ireland does THAT then at least he'll go out swinging for the fences.

Maybe if you guys didn't spend 24/7 in a football blog discussing things you have no power over. Maybe if you shut the computer off you would realize what a waste of time it is to hang in a football blog and scream at a stranger with your caps lock on. That might be going over board, you're probably over reacting to something that doesn't have any effect on your life. In other words, you're a gigantic loser.

WNP...

What did Sherman say to Ireland to convince him...

was it....

"Hey Jeff....there is this great kid a A & M....he I only started him 19 times because frankly...he wasn't good enough to beat out the competition....so I moved him to WR yeah....thats the kind of potential I saw in him as a QB....

any way... he got ME and my WHOLE staff fired.....

did I mention he only had 19 starts...oh....and the guy I had on the Bench behind him...well...he just WON the Heisman Trophy....

but man...this kid has potential....Take him @ # 8....and we'll ALL probably get our walking papers in 2-3 years...you've made millions already.....retierment Jeffy......thats then NAME OF THE GAME".....

Do you think it went anything like that WNP?

Posted by: LOL | February 20, 2013 at 12:12 PM

Yesterdays Gone 4Ever hiding behind an alias for some reason.

Franchise money for Long would kill the cap. More important is a #1 WR and a shutdown CB that I do not see being a rookie. That would be 13 mil for Long 10 mil for a WR and based on a Revis calibre CB about 10 to 12 Mil for a CB. We will be left with about 13 Mil in cap room. Not enough to address all the other requirements and resigning of our own FA's. If we do not resign Hartline then we are looking for another #2 WR. Bess is not the answer at #2. Along with the offensive needs we need to seriously up grade our D and that needs $$$$ too.

Opti,

I'm with you. People keep focusing on WR but they forget how pathetically thin we are @ CB. It's VERY good news that Marshall has recovered from his surgery & will be back. No pun intended. Maybe we have something in Patterson but who knows, he played in one game. The problems is that both Carroll & Stanford are terrible.

BTW--Long would cost over $15 Mil if we franchise him which is nothing less than INSANE based on the way he's played the last two seasons.

Its funny reading about the problems of the Dolphins signing their pliers. When this country is all but financially collapsed. Maybe Long will take peanuts instead of money thats no better then monopoly money. Pay him 20 mil a yr, ain't worth sh**.

"WNP...

What did Sherman say to Ireland to convince him...

was it....

"Hey Jeff....there is this great kid a A & M....he I only started him 19 times because frankly...he wasn't good enough to beat out the competition....so I moved him to WR yeah....thats the kind of potential I saw in him as a QB....

any way... he got ME and my WHOLE staff fired.....

did I mention he only had 19 starts...oh....and the guy I had on the Bench behind him...well...he just WON the Heisman Trophy....

but man...this kid has potential....Take him @ # 8....and we'll ALL probably get our walking papers in 2-3 years...you've made millions already.....retierment Jeffy......thats then NAME OF THE GAME".....

Do you think it went anything like that WNP?"

LOL@Kris. I'm guessing no. Also Manziel didn't start playing until after we drafted Tannehill.

BTW--Who recruited Manziel, Joekel, Damontre Moore??? Maybe, just maybe they fired Sherman a year too early...

yeah WNP....probably not....

If we don't land Wallace..it will be a dissapointing off-season...

I hope Ireland isn't smoke-screening us....

WNP, Ireland HAS to go out swining for the fences. Who is he going to draft a LT for? For the next GM to have for the next ten years? Outside of Te - which is beyond the point of neglect on this team, he needs to draft the most special guys regardless of position. Use free agency to address your needs and use the draft to pluck the most special talents regardless of position.

Kris, Jennings may be just a good a player as Wallace is for his new team over the next three years, who knows?? A lot of people here were blowing their loads when we got Marshall and Baltimore spent a middling pick and got Bolding on a much cheaper contract. I see this situation as similar. The winner just may turn out to be the biggest loser in the end....

Janet (aka We Need Playmakers):

Great points!

Hope to see you at the Westfield Mall later. Shoe sale at Saks! Holla!!

Just thought of something...You guys realize that there's no way would the Patriots would even consider paying Jake Long that amount of money. Yes eventually they paid Brady, Wilfork, & Mankins but these deals were VERY difficult to come by & we're talking about three of the best players at their respective positions in the NFL whose play hasn't diminished.

Every time a player leaves NE, he never seems to be the same guy on another team. A significant reason for their continued success is knowing when to let a guy walk. It's just amazing.

"Janet (aka We Need Playmakers):

Great points!

Hope to see you at the Westfield Mall later. Shoe sale at Saks! Holla!!"

Awesome!!! See you there YG.

"Kris, Jennings may be just a good a player as Wallace is for his new team over the next three years, who knows?? A lot of people here were blowing their loads when we got Marshall and Baltimore spent a middling pick and got Bolding on a much cheaper contract. I see this situation as similar. The winner just may turn out to be the biggest loser in the end...."

Arghhh...F#cking Boldin!!! All he does is make plays & continue to make CB's look like boys. No way do the Ravens win the SB w/o that cat.

WNP, those kind of decisions are easy to make when you have an all world Qb to make it through the regular season. Plus NE has lots of flaws and were exposed in the polayoffs. Brady alone will get you in but frankly they were beat last year by Baltimore too. NE should not have got to any super bowls since they won their last one. It's easy to beat up on floundering teams in the regular season with your all world QB but come the playoffs, it's a different story.

Mark...

The reason Marshall failed here was because he was the ONLY legit reciever on the team (perhaps a strech)...but DC didn't have to game plan for much else...and Marshall wasn't a deep threat....he was a 10-20 yard terror...much like Jennings....so not only is he not clearing out the middle...he is creating CONGESTION for the already talent challenged TE on the roster....

The Reciever we need from GB is Finely....a deep threat WR...and a true "run away from a LB" TE...and we'll be the team that other teams will have to wonder how they are gonna stop us on 3rd and 6.....If we get that combo...then Hartline can stay (as a slot)...and we get another mid-level to upper level FA/draft pick to be our #2....

Janet,

I get it! YG = "Yo, Girlfiend!"

See you in the shoe aisle later! Yo Girlfriend!!

Kris, I think you underestimate Jennings - he's a lot more vertical than Marshall. And Marshall didn't succeed here because he's a retard who can't deal with adversity and only balls when things are easy. Folded in Denver (when they blew a three game div lead with three games left), Miami (the whole phucking time), and Chicago (by fading miserably down the stretch despite having an all world defense and his boyfriend "Franchise" Jay Cutler). What do they say, once is a fluke, twice is a coincidence, three times is a trend ...

but WNP....

Boldin is a Marshall clone...except SLOOOOOOWEEEERRR....

Boldin was playing with a legit (NOT STELLAR) TE....and then he had those two absolute burners playing WR....Jacoby Jones...and the other dude....

Boldin playing with Houshmenzadah and Mason was OK....because they could keep a safety over the top....

Boldin playing with Speedy wide-outs and a legit TE....being covered one on one....outstanding.....

I think Marshall is a jerk, too, but those teams collapsed collectively, let's not forget.

And, hey, sometimes a-holes win as well. Shannon Sharpe? Bill Romanowski? John Lynch?

Mark Clayton was a primadonnapain-in-the-butt, too. We forget that sometimes.

Mark....

I think GB had something to do with Marshall not making the play-offs....

Marshall is a beast....and one day you're gonna have to admit that man....

on to the next blog....

I like Jake but he is looking to get paid?

What was that first contract nothing? He already got a lot of money, so if he does want to stay he shouldn't be all about $$, if $$ is all he wants then let him go elsewhere.

Nate Solder!!! we need him!!! sorry jake is done.

CY: you have no clue what you are talking about concerning Martin. He was drafted to play LEFT TACKLE. He played LEFT TACKLE in college and excelled. He was a high draft pick at LEFT TACKLE. The only reason he played RT (that means Right Tackle) is because he was one of the best 5 offensive lineman in camp. He DID NOT PLAY RT before this year. He learned the position on the job. He did not practice at LT AT ALL last year until Long got hurt. Since you do not know this, I will explain it: LT is completely different than playing RT. When you practice and play all season at the other side and get thrown into the opposite side during a game at the end of the season, AS A ROOKIE PLAYING ONE OF THE HARDEST POSITIONS TO LEARN AS A ROOKIE, there will be mistakes. He is and will be a solid, STARTING LT if Long leaves.

Your Welcome.

CRAIG M: Either you OVERPAY for top-flight Free Agents or you don't get them. Just the cost of doing business and the way the system has worked since inception.

PG13: Jerry is and always was a guard. Does not possess quick enough feet or lateral movement for tackle. Never projected as a tackle. He is a straight forward, run blocking, sometimes decent guard and will never, ever, see playing time on outside. Just the way it is.

There will be 6 or so stud O lineman in this draft, take one of them with one of the first 3 picks. He'll be cheap for 4 years.

Martin is plenty good enough at LT and the new draft pick can play RG with John Jerry or Wheatman at RT.

12 mil to Jake or 12 mil to Mike Wallace? It's a no brainer.

And BTW - the Pack (that means Philbin involved) have been pretty good at finding O lineman in the mid rounds so don't be surprised if the Fins take another O lineman in the 3rd, 4th or 5th rounds.

How bout a performance based contract.Play all seasoned get bonus.Make pro bowl get a bigger bonus.

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