The Miami Dolphins may have lost Jake Long yesterday for the rest of the season. If they do, it will be the second time in 4 years he has failed to complete a full season. The worst part of it? It comes in a contract year. Jake Long will be a free agent at the end of the season and it’s likely that he will test the waters to gauge his market. Whether he comes back to Miami with an opportunity for them to match remains to be seen. Whether the Dolphins would care at that point is another big question mark.
To finish out the Dolphins game yesterday against the Patriots, rookie RT Jonathan Martin swapped sides. He was a native left tackle in college. He played well enough that many fans questioned whether Jake Long should be back. Some even went as far as to say he looked better than Long at the position. A bold statement but one that is definitely understandable.
Jake Long has not come close to appearing as the dominant LT that was drafted number 1 overall in the 2008 draft. Long has struggled to hold the left side of the line and protect Ryan Tannehill’s blind side. He has struggled in the running game and his inability to slow down second tier edge rushers has been a constant problem all season. Some question whether he is the right fit for this type of offense.
With Joe Thomas bringing in a 50 plus million dollar contract two seasons ago, the common belief is that Long, who has been a Pro-Bowl LT every year since his entered the NFL would command as much. Easily pushing the 10-12 million dollar range a season. In Miami, that may no longer be an option. With Long’s season long struggles, his injury, the play of Jonathan Martin, and of course the salary, Long could be headed to a financial swoon this March. Just not with the Miami Dolphins.
What do you think? Should the Dolphins re-sign Jake Long?