According to a report by Peter King of Sports Illustrated’s online edition, the Miami Dolphins have given the Michigan left tackle Jake Long a deadline to sign or they will turn their attention to Vernon Gholston.
If true, two things can be taken out of this information. 1: The two sides are not close to a deal and 2: Chris Long is no longer in the Phins plans. The logical choice here is Jake Long, but Gholston presents an interesting situation. If Miami does not take Gholston, he could easily drop into the 5-7 range of the draft. Gholston will likely make around 18-20 million guaranteed at that range. The top pick could command a 30-35 range. Gholston should be willing to cut that number down to around 25 – 30 million at the top simply because it is still more than he will get otherwise.
With the draft just over 10 days away, grandstanding is always going to happen, but Parcells and company have been very clear that they do not want holdouts with their draft picks. The player drafted number 1 overall immediately gains a degree of leverage in negotiations.