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Miami To Long "Sign Or Else!"

Jake Long - MGoBlog.comAccording 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.

Topics: Jake Long, Miami Dolphins, Peter King, SI, Vernon Gholston

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  • Matt

    Two things: #1, I hate Tom Condon…If we lose Jake Long and have to draft Vernon I will be very mad…I really, really dont think he is worth the #1 pick…He is just really muscular, I dont see it…I really want Jake Long…#2, Is Vernon’s stupid? Lets see…hmmm, take less money than #1 pick usually gets (even though he isnt worthy of the #1 pick) and become the #1 pick…or…fight the negotiations and become a 5-9 pick…I dont understand it I hope we work this out with Long…Would make me very happy to draft him

  • Jim in DC

    I agree with Matt. Tom Condon and the rest of the “If you pass on my player with the first pick and take my client 8,377th I will still demand #1 overall money!” agents should be thrown down a well with a rock tied around their collective necks.

    Team owners and the players/agents point fingers at each other, but it’s the fan who has to ante up at the ticket window when he wants to take the family to a game. Something has to be done with the financial madness in this sport or they’re going to kill the only game I ever truly loved. Nobody on the planet deserves $35mil guaranteed before they’ve done a damn thing. The NFL is starting to remind me of baseball, and I hate what they’ve done to baseball. Football needs a savior–we can only hope it’s Parcells.