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Dolphins Long, Long Way From Deal To Stay

The Miami Dolphins have reportedly made several contract offers to LT Jake Long.  He has obviously declined them all.  This according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.  Earlier, Long appeared VIA phone on NFL Networks All Access and confirmed that no deal has been done.

When pressed on whether he wanted to stay in Miami, Long didn’t come right on definitively say he wanted to return to the Dolphins only that he would be up for “continuing his career” (in Miami).  He followed that statement with “it’s up to them”.

The last statement could be and likely should be construed as an indication that his earlier reported contract demands are still exactly what he wants.  If, as reported, the Dolphins have offered several contracts to Long, then it is apparent that Long is ready to move on or he wants to get paid.

It was reported early in the off-season that Long still views himself as the best LT in the league despite his decline in play and his injury riddled seasons the last two years.  He is reportedly seeking a 50 plus million dollar deal that will pay him an average of 10 -12 million a season.

It’s not know what the Dolphins view his value at but apparently, they haven’t come close to it yet.

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