The Miami Dolphins have another name headed the long route to Hawaii in 3 weeks, Jake Long has been added to the AFC Pro-Bowl roster after Buffalo LT Jason Peters pulled out with an injury. Long becomes the 2nd rookie LT in as many years to make the Pro-Bowl game.
Last year Cleveland Browns rookie Joe Thomas was voted in as the AFC starter. Thomas will start again and Long will be the reserve LT. In a team released statement, Long had this to say:
“It’s a huge honor to be named to the Pro Bowl team, I am excited about the opportunity to join so many other great players in the game, and I’m looking forward to representing my teammates and the Dolphins organization out in Hawaii.”
Long will join starting LB Joey Porter and reserve RB Ronnie Brown on the trip to Hawaii.
In other news, the owners finalized their sale of the franchise and in his first public press conference as the new owner, Stephen M. Ross made it clear that he wants and is happy to have Bill Parcells on board and expects him to stay.
“He’s the greatest football mind in America. I’m very happy to have him, needless to say,” Ross said. “Everyone’s expressed all the concerns, is he leaving or isn’t he? He’s staying and I’m fortunate to have him and I think Miami is fortunate to have him.”
Ross said there was nothing to re-negotiate with Parcells, but later added, “at this point,” in time. It’s too soon to determine whether Parcells is leveraging for more money or for a year extension to his escape clause. – Sun-Sentinel.
Bill Parcells however left the door open for his leaving telling a reporter, but asking not to be quoted, that he has not definitively decided on staying but is leaning in that direction. Parcells is currently in Mobile, Alabama watching Senior Bowl practices. Decked in Phins gear today, he was spotted chatting in the stands with Patriots coach Bill Belichick while watching the South practice.
Parcells rarely attends the Senior Bowl and it appears that his committment to the team is genuine as he and Jeff Ireland continue what they began last year.